Today is day 5 of the Health Activist Writing Month Challenge (HAWMC). I was a little late joining in on the fun, because I just did my first post yesterday on why I write about health. I am still on board today and am continuing on.
The concept of the HAWMC is simple. Every day, the Wego Health team gives everyone participating a blog post prompt and we write a post based on that prompt.
Today, my prompt was:
Ekphrasis Post. Go to flickr.com/explore and write a post inspired by the image. Can you link it to your health focus? Don’t forget to post the image!
According to Merriam-Webster, ekphrasis (also spelled ecphrasis) is: a literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art.
Hmmmmm, honestly, that doesn’t sound very fun… but I’m committed to doing this writing challenge, so I will do it!
When I went to the flickr page they sent me to it was the picture shown above titled Flight of the Red-Tailed Hawk.
When I first saw the picture, my mind was blank! Then, I realized I can relate this picture to health. So here goes…
Sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing for your health, because it’s not the ‘popular’ or common thing. Going to a chiropractor to keep your nervous system connected properly is silly to some people. You say no to things with high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils and you are a little weird and may be taking things too far. I mean, really, it’s fine to let your kids eat stuff with those ingredients in them! Right??
Wrong! At times, what others say or what we believe they are thinking about us and how we treat our health can make us uncomfortable. I’m here to say, you need to soar above them all like the hawk in the picture. And, by ‘above’, I don’t mean for you to act like you are better than them. That’s not necessary.
That red-tailed hawk does not care what anyone thinks of him. He will soar at whatever height he wants. He will eat whatever he chooses to eat. He will do it because innately he knows that’s what he’s supposed to do!
I think that innately we know that it’s not healthy to eat processed foods or to sit on the couch and never move your body. As humans, we sometimes ignore our inner voice and we do things we shouldn’t do. That hawk, I would venture to say, always listens to his inner voice, without concern for what others may think.
We all need to aspire to be more like this red tailed hawk and do what we know is right all the time! I am including myself in that statement, by the way, I am not always perfect. No one is, but we can try our best!
I know most of the time you hear the phrase, “Soar like an Eagle!”. Well, for the sake of today’s post challenge, and the picture I wrote about, let’s all “Soar like a Hawk!”. Maybe changing up that expression, if only in our own heads, will help us to remember to do what is best for our health, no matter what the naysayers have to say.
See you in the clouds!