"The bad news is time flies. The good news is, you're the pilot!" - unknown
Time is an interesting concept. I am always reminded of this during daylight savings, when we arbitrarily change our clocks so that daylight is in our favour. Time is a theme that seems to interweave into many of our conversations through the day, like the weather. The interesting thing though, is that we all have the same number of hours in the day, yet have very different experiences and perspectives on it. For instance, if you are in a dreadfully boring meeting, an hour may feel like 10. On the other hand, if you are with someone you are crazy about 10 hours may feel like 10 minutes.
As a health practitioner, I am constantly reminding people of the power of time. No matter what you do for treatment, your body needs time to heal. It is as easy as that. The rate at which you heal has many factors, but has little to do with how you feel. When you cut your finger, for example, your body initiates the healing process before you are even aware you cut yourself. The healthier you are (the state of your nervous system, the foods you are eating, if you are hydrated, etc.), the better healing potential you have...but even then, it still requires time. If you already have a compromised state of health (eating poorly, not sleeping, overweight, etc.) and you injure yourself or become ill, your body will require more time and resources to improve.
It truly comes down to understanding the difference between an event and a process. Whether we are discussing health or dis-ease, neither occur spontaneously. We have no control over time, but we do have control over how we use our moments as they happen. From the quality of our thoughts, nutritional intake to the care of our physical state...everything we do matters and either leads us toward or away from where we desire to be.
When someone is in tremendous pain or in a poor state of health, there is often a high level of motivation to address it. When someone is feeling well, there can be less of an urgency around doing the things we need to do to maintain health. We may pass on the gym, or an appointment because we are feeling good and can deal with it tomorrow. The truth is, if we engage in regular health-promoting strategies, we will spend way LESS time in the long run than if we wait until we are in a state of crisis.
Get clear on what you want your health to be. Believe that great things are possible, and take the steps to allow it to happen. If you can keep this intention in mind and create healthy habits around it, you will be amazed at what your future potential can be.