I wish that someone had told me early in my life, that everything that I do that is good or bad in life will have a cumulative effect in the long run!

Anyone who has diligently watched their weight can attest to the fact that eating poorly may not show up as weight gain until weeks, months, or even years later.

I would like to think I would have listened if someone had told me when I was young and skinny, and would eat a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts in one sitting, without gaining an ounce, that it would catch up with me and eventually I would fight weight issues.

I wish I were wiser when as a young man I chose to smoke cigarettes off and on for 11 years, thinking it wasn’t doing much to me. I could have saved a lot of suffering years later when I almost died twice from severe pneumonia and repeated bouts of bronchitis, even though I had not been smoking for years by the time it caught up with me.

I wish I had really understood that the health care choices I made as a young person, surgery, pharmaceuticals, and hospitalizations, would limit my health for the rest of my life. I might have made different decisions, and left surgeries and aggressive pharmaceuticals as a last resort, since now I have health issues from the treatments that not even the most creative natural medicine can undo.

I wish I had known that every vile and hateful thing I thought and said to others would create cumulative ramifications in my life and relationships.

I wish I had understood earlier in life that the more I live in high personal integrity in body, mind, and spirit, the more joy-filled, healthy, and fulfilled my life would be. That the more I loved other people, the more other people would express love to me.

I wish that I had listened more intently when that small voice in my head told me the right thing to do, and I chose to ignore it, leading to bigger problems down the road of life.

I have since decided to learn the lessons of life while they are still small, so they don’t turn into massive and painful lessons that cost me dearly. I have learned that the better I do things in life, diet, health care, my walk with God, and my interactions with others, the better those things get.

Of course, not every circumstance in life is the cumulative effect of doing things right or wrong, however, when we live our life in alignment with health on all levels, living with high personal integrity, loving God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and our neighbor as our self, we can expect that everything in life will cumulatively get better. Life is very cumulative. Choose your path wisely. You may not notice the difference in the short run, but in the long run your rewards will be greater.