THE RELIGION CORNER: Twelve Things That Make Men Rich (Part 3)
Lyndia Grant | 4/2/2014, 3 p.m.
We began a series recently to share research by Napoleon Hill, a young man commissioned to study lifestyles of successful people. Hill studied 20 years, working one-on-one studying success patterns.
The purpose of this series is to share what Hill discovered. He lists 12 Things That Make Men Rich; with money in last place.
Last week, we shared the first principle that makes men rich – and that’s having a “positive mental attitude” (PMA). Although PMA heads the list, the next principle Hill shares is sound physical health, which he noted as being just as important as PMA.
Let us examine the second item Hill discovered; “Sound Physical Health.” This one is self-evident and should be No. 1. In my humble opinion, without health, you cannot create anything. Health is the ultimate gift because with it, everything else is possible.
Let’s look at my own health; remember, back in November of 2012, I learned I had diabetes. With no health insurance at the time, I didn’t even know my health had spiraled out-of-control. But I knew there was something going on with my body. I could hardly walk, and felt very weak; my energy and enthusiasm for life was no longer present.
Praise God, I was still able to share positive articles with those of you who continued to read my column. Just because I wasn’t feeling well, didn’t mean you all should go down with me. That was my problem, not yours. I felt an obligation to continue to share the magical combination of what the Bible says with what Napoleon Hill learned; a magical combination. So I kept hearing the voice of the Lord, and continued to write my column each week.
My breakthrough came when I finally got health insurance; went to a marvelous female doctor, her name is Dr. Muriel Vemury; my A1C was 7.5 , with normal blood sugar in the range of 4.0-6.0; it hit me like a ton of bricks!
Heartbroken because of how my own mother died with both legs amputated, kidney failure, seven strokes, high blood pressure; I felt a determination within myself to change my lifestyle immediately.
Without hesitation, I went into my kitchen and discarded foods I knew may be bad for my health.
During mother’s illness I had studied causes and effects of diabetes, and had learned that a change of diet and exercise would make a difference.
In fact, mother died on Dec. 25, 2000, and in 2005 when I was completing my Communications Program for my Master’s Degree at Trinity University, my public relations campaign was “Stop Fanning the Flames of the Diabetes Epidemic” in memory of her.
Research from NIH, from the American Diabetes Association and other medical journals had been included in my research, so when my own life became affected by this horrific disease, I knew what steps to take and what had to be done.
It worked! Within 90 days, my blood glucose had gone down to A1C of 6.2; and eight months later I was 40 pounds thinner. Dr. Vemury said “You’re like my poster child, I’m so proud of your progress!”
She didn’t understand how strongly I felt about the topic of diabetes! The Lord knew I would share mine and mother’s story with others so they too would know what to do.
So if you’re reading this column, and if you have diabetes, change your lifestyle too. Others of you who may have heart disease or cancer, lupus or whatever the condition, diet and exercise will help each and every one of you; then you too will be able to get on with the business of living your life to the fullest, achieving those goals the Lord sent you to earth to accomplish. I promise!
Lyndia Grant is the host of "Think on These Things," a radio talk show on WYCB-AM 1340, Fridays at 6 p.m. Contact her at 202-518-3192 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.