How To Use Health Conditions to Ignite Your Curiosity

A health condition can be a great opportunity for learning and growth. I’m experiencing this right now. I’m sharing it because this is much different than how I used to experience health conditions. In the past things like having headaches from stress resulted in frustration, and resentment. For example, I used to get stress headaches for about 10 years of my adult life. Whenever I’d get stressed out I would feel the muscle tension coming in the back of my neck. It would crawl up my spine and I’d have a full blown headache and I’d be mad. I would think that I don’t deserve this. What did I do  to get this, I’d try to numb the paid of it. I would take Advil or Tylenol to try to knock it out.

I wouldn’t question why it happened. I would just be mad it was happening. Often, when it first started, I would get afraid of it happening. I would get afraid and that would cause further tension to make it happen. I used to deal with my health conditions as something like a burden. It was something that was given to me to make life harder. It was a punishment for me living.

Today, I’m grateful I have a different way of looking at health conditions. Health conditions are a different way of learning. Today I’m grateful I have a different way of looking at health conditions. Health conditions are an opportunity for learning and growth and ultimately for your salvation.

My friend just died the other day of cancer. He was the first person I did a confession with that was deep and fully effected. I was very close with him. He was 74 and in hospice, had cancer all over, and  was in a lot of pain. His health condition ultimately gave him salvation. He was no longer stuck in this body. If you believe salvation’s in the future, when you die, it’s not in the future anymore. You get to experience it fully.

I believe you can experience it while you’re alive. Even in that respect, a health condition that kills you can also be salvation. It’s a great opportunity for learning and growth. It gives you the ability to do something else and to overcome limitations.

That’s a little theoretical, let’s get down to the practical.

What am I dealing with today?

I have hives and a rash on my chest. It started as a little thing on my chest. Since last year, it’s grown and grown and now it’s on my back and actually my shoulder blade. It feels like it’s wrapped around most of the time so when I sat on the chair it hurts a little bit. At the same time,  I’ve been getting more accepting of physical pain. I’m not offended by it anymore which is how it’s gone on so long, I haven’t taking it too seriously up to this point. Now, I don’t know if you notice on the video or not, I’m getting hives going up to my neck now. So it’s getting pretty hard to avoid.

At the same time, I’ve been trying different things. This has provoked so much curiosity. The curiosity is the foundation of learning and growth. I’m looking at my daughter who’s 7 months old. She’s full of curiosity and wants to grab and learn and get into everything she’s so curious about the world.

You are given to decay and death ultimately when you lose curiosity. You stop learning and growing when you stop being curious about how things work. It seems this happens to a lot of us. We start telling ourselves that we know everything. We start trying to act like we know everything. We stop being curious about what’s going on instead of  looking and saying why do I feel this way. We see a little bit of it and say no, I don’t want any more of that. I’m sick of that. We fight back instead of trying to learn what’s going on.

I’ve been looking and getting to know what’s going on with this health condition I have. I’ve been so curious. I’ve been trying different things. If you’ve been watching my videos for several months that I’ve been wearing a polo again. I stopped wearing these shirts for several months to test out and see if that had anything to do with the hives. I’ve switched detergents and tried to stay out of sunlight.

Thankfully, I’ve been praying for help it with at the same time. I’ve been praying to not make it worse or to do whatever I need to do to get to the bottom of it or make it better. I’ve started to see that it’s likely to be food-related.

My wife and I were talking last night and it just came to me. This seems like a food allergy. As someone who has never been allergic to anything, this came as quite a surprise to me. This has provoked a ton of curiosity.

I’m excited to learn what I’m allergic to because I don’t even have a clue what I’m allergic to. I can guess that maybe it’s milk, wheat, soy, or eggs. I eat all those things every day. Whatever it is, it seems like something that’s getting aggravated every single day. I did a bunch of googling and it looks like gluten and dairy allergies look the same as this.

This is a remarkable change in thinking for me. To look at something like this as exciting, it’s cool. I’ve gotten so curious about what’s going on. It’s been humbling to realize I have no idea what I’m putting in my body.

I’m saying this because I tracked all the calories I’ve eaten every day back to November 2014. I’m humbled to the point where I feel like I have no idea of what I’m putting in my body and it’s quite helpful. It’s inspired so much curiosity to look around and see that as if it’s new for the first time.

My mother in law today at lunch was saying isn’t it so cool how Madeline lives? She’s out in the world at 7 months old, she wants to learn everything because everything is new to her. I lived that way, too. I have a chance, every one of these health conditions brings that out of my. A whole new look like I’ve never even eaten before. I have no idea, but I want to learn what’s in all these foods I’ve eaten. I went through today and looked at how can I do something about this. I looked at a lot of recommendations and I decided to try an elimination diet that’s staggered over time.

This doesn’t appear to be life-threatening. There’s not an urgency that I need to eliminate everything, yet, I need to figure out what’s going on. This is getting worse every single day. I went to an amazing breakfast buffet with my family and I did my best to not eat gluten, soy bean, and eggs products.

Some of the family said you can start tomorrow. I refused because for every problem the solution has to begin today because today is the only day there is. This problem is going on today, it’s not going on next week. This problem is what I’m here to work on today.

I say problem and that’s my usual way of talking and thinking about it. It’s an opportunity as much as it is a problem. It’s an opportunity to know what I’m putting in my body at an even deeper level. If this didn’t happen, I’d likely stop having any more curiosity when I’m eating because. I would’ve thought that tracking all the foods that I’m eating all day is good enough.

A health condition can be the motivation you need to do better in areas where you think you’re doing well. I went through my cupboard today and I was thankful that so many people have been allergic to foods before me. Almost all the foods I have in my house have labeling for what allergens are in it. I know if I don’t want to eat milk but the labeling says it contains milk, I can avoid those foods.

All the work has already been done before I needed the help myself. I look through everything we have to eat and everything in the house has milk, eggs, soybean, and gluten  in it. That gives me an opportunity, I’m excited to try new foods that I wouldn’t have been motivated to try without dealing with this.

Today, it’s no burden having a health condition. It’s what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m here to do what I’m supposed to be doing each day. If that means to know more about a health condition, then that’s what I’m going to do. There’s nothing more important than what I need to do today. If I want something different, I have to do something different.

If I want this to go away, I need to eat differently. That seems to be obvious today. It could be different tomorrow. If I want something different, I have the chance to make a different future by doing different things.

I’m excited to share this with you. This has been quite an eye opening experience. It’s possible to take something that seems bad and see how much good there is in it.

I pray to see any health condition as an opportunity to get curious and learn more about life. I pray to see that it has salvation. I pray to be willing to work on any health condition I have and not put any of the work I need to do today off until tomorrow. I pray that you have the same chance today in whatever you’re dealing with. I pray that you see that there are good opportunities in it and it’s not all bad. Thank you for reading this, have a great day.