|This Is My Life, Rated|
|Take the Rate My Life Quiz|
The Tundra PA at Tundra Medicine Dreams, (one of my favourite blogs) featured this quiz recently. With a blog entitled Body Soul and Spirit, I could not resist doing a post on it as well.
After answering a few simple questions, your life is rated out of a possible score of ten. My current score is well above average, but I cannot take credit for all the points I gained. I was born into a loving and supportive family, enjoy good health, am free from chronic illness or disability, and have had the advantage of a good education and job opportunities. Other areas are in my control, but my score would drop considerably if I had the misfortune of losing a close family member or my financial independence.
A short quiz like this cannot really place a value on your life, but it does demonstrate how wholeness of body, mind, and spirit are necessary for fulfilled and healthy living. My own observations have led me to believe that a healthy mind and spirit contribute to fulfilment more than a healthy physical body does. I see this over and over again when working with people with physical disabilities. A healthy body without emotional stability or spiritual focus can lead to much unhappiness.
We are entering a campaign for a fall provincial election. The Ontario Medical Association had a full page ad in yesterday's paper with their priorities for Ontario's health care. They were listed like this: (the numbering is correct)
1. Fix the shortage of health care professionals
1. Implement the patient e-record
1. Ensure the right care when, where and how people need it
1. Commit to raising a generation of healthier kids
I highlighted the last priority. Our society has become more fragmented and mobile. Stable family and community relationships are absent for too many children. Childhood obesity is a well documented problem and many children have little interaction with outdoor life. Add to that an absence of any type of spirituality in many homes and this completes a formula for a poor score in the above life rating.
Take the quiz for fun. The score is just a number, but it may give you something to think about.