One of life’s luxuries is health. Not many people have this luxury but many people who have this luxury tend to forget about it and take it for granted until the luxury is taken away from them. Then only they start to be obsessed with it and find ways to get back that luxury in their lives, sometimes with no success or it’s too late.
Some people do not have this luxury since they were young. Some people lost it as they were growing up and many of us will lose it when we get old.
Some people inherited unhealthy genes like asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even cancer. Some are born with defects in their organs. Some people lost their health due to their bad habits like smoking, drinking, drug-taking, eating unhealthily, living unhealthily, failure to follow directions or advices or simply pure laziness or carelessness. There are others who lost their health due to other’s mistakes and negligence like accidents, pollution, contaminated food and drinks and communicable diseases.
The luxury of health is something that each one of us must be grateful for. We should take care and protect it as much as we could before it’s too late. Enjoy it and utilize it as much as you can before it’s gone or deteriorate, but do not overdo it. Then only, you will feel you have fulfilled your life.
A succinct advice from Prophet Mohamed (pbuh):
“Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death.”
Take advantage here does not mean you flaunt it or misuse it but rather use them wisely in your life. Use these five matters to pack as many good deeds as possible to enrich your lives and other people’s lives, when you still have them and before you lose them.
Health is one of life’s treasures but few people appreciate it until it’s too late. Don’t become one of them.
A stern reminder to myself first more than to others.