This week I’m participating in The Rx Fitness Lady’s Mini Blog Challenge where I’ll be posting daily for 7 days (hopefully ) with prompts or topics presented in this challenge. Today’s topic: Solve a problem for my readers.
Since I began blogging, I’ve received email messages requesting additional resources on a variety of blog topics, ideas for things I should blog about, prayer requests or words of encouragements. But by far, the most frequent email I received asked about specific “health related” issues. I generally answer the email as it relates to the e-mailer’s situation, but the question that I encounter the most it “Is this normal?” Fortunately for me, I’ve written about this exact issue when I first started blogging and have decided to resurrect and tweak my previous post.
We often use the words “normal” and “common” interchangeably. Common tends to refer to those things that are widespread or frequent. While similar aches and pains may be common, it doesn’t necessarily have to be normal. Normal implies natural or adhering to a standard.
Back pain, for example, can be a “normal” (standard) sign of strain or injury if :
- You’re sleeping on a non supportive or 10+ year old mattress
- You’ve experienced a recent or significant trauma
- You have poor posture (among other things)
But just because back pain is very common, it is rarely normal. It is usually related to some underlying cause. This is also true for many conditions that have plagued our society such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and obesity. While they have become more and more common, these conditions are not normal.
Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of caring for people well in to their 70’s and 80’s who come for periodic spinal maintenance. Many are still cycling or running 5 miles a day and do not experience common so-called age related pains. While it may be common to have “minor” health issues, it is not necessarily normal.
Normal doesn’t have to be whatever is common. The key is recognizing that if your normal isn’t allowing you to enjoy a healthy, prosperous and fulfilled life, you have the ability to create a new normal. You don’t have to be common.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.3John v2.”
Is there something that you’ve deemed normal because of it’s common occurrence?