What is Health?
Symptoms of health
One day a thought wandered through my mind: “What are the symptoms of health?” Perhaps because it was so catchy, it caught my attention. I began to wonder about it. Searching for symptoms of health has been a huge challenge, which is bizarre given that I’m supposed to be a person who helps you get healthy.
As I began my investigation, I realized that most health care practitioners cannot easily describe health. I know this because I have asked many: “What is health?” They are immediately stumped and confused. They want to tell me about the symptoms of disease. They want to tell me how health is what you have when you don’t have disease.
Seeing our clients through disease clouded glasses
From a perspective steeped in symptoms of disease, how do we see our clients? I think we are swayed to see them as bundles of symptoms leading to future or current degeneration and disease. I think this limits the possibility of wellness, joy, and contentment for both practitioners and clients.
How can we lead anyone to health if we cannot even define it?
How do we recognize healing if we can only see disease?
How do we know when our client is “done” with us?
How do we know when we have accomplished our desire to help?