The other day I talked about working towards a percentage of how often you do something rather than trying for perfection. Perfection just creates guilt in the long run. Guilt then offers an out to working on being successful. This week both my office mate and I have some opportunities to experience guilt.

My office mate is feeling guilty because she is on a strict diet and she had a few strawberries and some cheese. She had stopped loosing weight and one person advised her to do that. She stopped because another person told her she shouldn’t. She went with the second person’s advice because she felt so guilty “cheating” on her diet.

I find myself feeling a little guilty for not working out today. However, today we are having record setting heat in Seattle. Like most people in the area I don’t have air conditioning. My treadmill is upstairs where it’s Hot. Outside is less stuffy but even hotter. The thermostat downstairs is showing 80 degrees and I have opted to not do hot yoga in my house. I might consider it if I had a place to really cool down.

Both my office mate and I were changing up a routine that we had established to assist us in maintaining our health. In neither case is this interruption going to cause ill health. In both cases I expect we will go on and be healthy.

Sometimes we get so attached to our routines that we forget that health is about life. We need to go where life leads us and sometimes that’s out of our routine. I’ll be back to my walking when it cools off. I know–maybe late at night? It was still 80 outside at 11 PM and I was tired!

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

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