When the lion lies down with the lamb only one of them gets up. That's nature for you. Nature doesn't play favorites, or take sides. "The big fish eat the little fish, and the little fish swim through the netting that hauls the big fish to the cannery." That's the way nature works. No compassion. No morality. No ethics. You take your chances and don't complain when your luck runs out, because nothing is promised, and things average out along the "normal distribution curve" over time. Our place is to not take it seriously, and to offer kindness, compassion and good company to all who come our way, because no one has it easy for long, and we all can use more help than we get. So do what you can to make everyone you meet welcome with an encouraging word and a "Mind how you go," as the Brits might say. We all have the same work to do-- what needs to be done in the time and place of our living. And it's good to take courage in the presence of one another, and face what's to be faced as best we can Taking on the world each day in the spirit of having each other's back, makes a tough place a better place for all concerned. Just offer what you need, and everyone will be grateful.
A philosophy of health is a philosophy of life. If you aren't clear and becoming clearer about that which guides you along the way, you aren't being guided along the way. You have left the path, lost the way, and are wandering without direction, meaning or purpose through the wasteland of discontent, and it shows. It shows in 10,000 ways. You could list them all. You live them daily. The way back to Eden winds through the heart of Gethsemane and across the face of Golgotha. Do you have the heart for it, is the question. It is a religious question. A spiritual question. It demands that you know who you are and what is guiding your boat along its path through the sea. It requires you to transform your relationship with yourself, your life, and other people, in being who you are within the context and circumstances of your life. In knowing what is important and living in light of it. In doing what needs to be done where it needs to be done, when it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, because it needs to be done, in each situation as it arises all your life long-- without contrivance, trying to get ahead, exploiting the moment for your good, your benefit, your advantage, your gain-- not letting "the left hand know what the right hand is doing," living spontaneously, sincerely, with integrity and compassion, grace and kindness, using your gifts/shtick/daemon/specialties/virtues, that came with you from the womb, and the face that was yours before your grandparents (on both sides) were born, moment-by-moment, day-by-day. I have found it to be helpful to be alcohol-free. To observe a 12-hour fast per day, consuming no calories from the last calorie at night to the first calorie the next morning, every day. To make a regular place for silence throughout each day. To attend each night's dreams. To keep an eye on your balance and harmony, and your spirit, energy and vitality as a way of remaining in accord with the center of your life and being, the core of what is important, the truth of who you are within the context and circumstances of your life, and a companion with the mystery at the heart of it all. Being alive in the time and place of our living is a full time project. Distractions abound. Diversions are everywhere. "The path that can be discerned as a path, is not a reliable path" (Lao Tzu). Thus, the importance of being alert to what is happening, to what is called for, to what needs to be done here and now, and doing it, where it needs to be done, when it needs to be done, etc. your whole life long.
It is always the right time for something. What is this time right for, here and now? Answer that question correctly, and you have it made, as much as you can have it made, in a world where what needs to be done is lost in a stampede of wants and desires, preferences and disinclinations.
Elvis Presley said, to his spiritual advisor (What a job that must have been), speaking about the women who loved him, "Do you realize that I will never know if they love me or Elvis Presley?" That's the heart of the matter. It gets straight to the point. It highlights the fundamental loss of integrity that is the burden of those who reject/refuse the work of being who they are in deference to the roles assigned to them by their place in life. "Am I me, or am I who they think I am?" "Am I me, or who I think I'm supposed to be?" And Elvis' spiritual advisor missed his chance to say, "Write a song that says, 'It's easy to love me if you don't know who I am!'"