Oxford English dictionary defines a pledge as a solemn promise or undertaking. I also see it as a vow you make with deep sincerity. Ideally you should keep the pledge you make no matter what.
Pledges have become part of life. When you become a member of many of the movements around, you almost always have to make a pledge. As a member of the Scout movement, Girl Guide and Mothers Union among others, you are expected to make certain pledges which you should swear to. When I was graduating from my Mothers Union class, I recall that we were told that we should not say the pledges for the sake of it. Rather, we should mean them, live by them and apply them into our daily lives. That is how serious a pledge is.
Every New Year most of us make some resolutions and pledge to stick to them never mind that by the first month majority break them. I am a culprit too. Many are the times that I make pledges but I break them. Having learnt over the years that I shape my own destiny, this year am swearing to 5 pledges and I hope that you can join me. But just like I was told by my spiritual teacher during my Mothers Union classes, please make, mean and keep them.
Pledge number 1: I pledge to eat healthy:
My family and friends think that am a fanatic. My children always tell me that I cannot be used as a measure of determining whether something is sweet or not since my taste buds are weird. My son even goes further to tell me that “mum almost all things have carcinogens. What are we going to eat or drink then?” Well, that is a story for another day.
Honestly I do not have any apologies for my diet. If I know that something is good for my health, I will eat it and gladly so no matter how bad it tastes. In my view, it is not the taste that is important but rather the contribution of an item to my health. I will add spirulina to my bowl of porridge, I will take my moringa tea; and I will also take my neem and stinging nettle tea… Yeah, it sounds disgusting but these are some of the super green foods… I advise you to try it, you will thank me later. Your health will thank you too.
This year I pledge to eat a lot of vegetable and fruits. About 2/3 of my meals will comprise of that. I will eat more of “alive” foods than “dead” foods. “Alive” foods are those that are as close to their natural state as possible. “Dead” foods on the other hand consist of the processed, packaged and artificially colored foods. What are you eating? Is your plate full of “dead” food? These foods will offer you very little nutritionally. When you go shopping, please start reading food labels. If an ingredient is not recognized as a food that is as close to its natural state as possible—think twice before consuming it.
I pledge to have at least 90% of my diet as “alive” foods. I pledge to avoid eating packaged food.
Pledge Number 2: I pledge to exercise regularly:
This is a tough one for most of us. We always get all sorts of excuses… We say we do not have time…. But do you know even a brisk 30 minutes walk every day is good exercise for you? I also advice people to get a skipping rope. A rope is also very good and you get to exercise most parts of your body.
Pledge number 3: I pledge to go for annual health evaluation:
I discussed this in my last blog post so I will not dwell on it now. But I hope that you have planned for it this year.
Pledge Number 4: Laugh often and have a positive attitude towards life:
Simple as it sounds, laughter is one of the best medicines. I have a high sense of humor and sometimes I see humor where others don’t. While they are looking at me strangely and wondering what is funny, my ribs are literally cracking and my eyes are full of tears of joy. It is a nice feeling… I enjoy a good laugh. This year, I will laugh heartily more often, I will look at life very positively.
Pledge Number 5: Have a closer spiritual relationship with God:
We all believe in some higher being. As a Christian, I believe there is a God and I pledge to have a better relationship with Him this year. I will read and study the bible more deeply, meditate on the word of God, create some quality time to pray and to praise God everyday. You will be amazed at how deep the bible is. It is the greatest motivational book you will ever read. Out of 24 hours in a day, I will have an appointed time with God. I will start my day with Him, I will end my day with Him. I will find time in between my busy schedule to spend time with God. I will sing some Christian songs, praise and worship God as I walk, shower and while performing other chores.
Friend, let us start this journey together and let me know how you are doing.