Commentary

November 22, 2013

Chaplain thoughts

Unamuno, the Spanish philosopher, tells about the Roman aqueduct at Segovia, in his native Spain. It was built in A.D. 109. For 1,800 years, it carried cool water from the mountains to the hot and thirsty city. Nearly 60 generations of men drank from its flow.

Then came another generation, a recent one that said, “This aqueduct is so great a marvel that it ought to be preserved for our children, as a museum piece. We shall relieve it of its centuries-long labor.”

They did; they laid modern iron pipes. They gave the ancient bricks and mortar a reverent rest. And it began to fall apart. The sun beating on the dry mortar caused it to crumble. The bricks and stone sagged and threatened to fall. What ages of service could not destroy idleness disintegrated.

“If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it,” is a true saying. It not only applies to things like aqueducts, it’s true about every facet of human wellness. We call it Comprehensive Airman Fitness in the Air Force. If I don’t exercise my physical body, my very defined and cut physique (I wish) would turn to flab. If I don’t daily tend to my relationships, they get stressed and sometimes fail. If I don’t do things to emotionally care for myself, I struggle with depression and other emotional stressors. If I don’t take time to nurture my spiritual life, I won’t have an adequate compass to guide me morally and ethically. I won’t have a connection with my God which brings a sense of hope.

Let me encourage you today, to frequently exercise all the areas of human wellness in your life. They are all important and interrelated. One affects the other. A balanced life is a healthy life; one that is strong physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually. Idleness not only destroys ancient aqueducts, it can threaten a healthy, happy, satisfied life.

 




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