Suppose that if you drove to an appointment 100 miles away from your home, you’d be assured of greater happiness, health and prosperity. You have the time to get there. But instead, you decide it would be more fun to drive 25 miles in the opposite direction. Seems ludicrous, right?

Yet often when it comes to going straight to the appointments we make with ourselves for our own fulfillment, we decide to go with momentary fun instead—and drive the wrong way. Spending the same time and energy, we fail where we might have succeeded. And believe me, it does take energy to fail.

It takes energy to resist motion. Powerful struggles are waged against the forces of life to keep us inert—although these struggles sometimes take place far beneath the surface of our consciousness, so we’re not always aware of this happening.

When we fail to choose happiness, health and prosperity by devoting precious hours to time-wasting activities, it is more obvious that energy is being diverted. For example, instead of taking a walk, which would be using our energy to improve our moods and health, we might choose to sit on the couch. We made a choice to do something that is counter to strengthening our bodies. As in the opening example, we drove in the wrong direction.

Considering that everything we do requires energy, what if we opted to use our energy as often as possible in ways that propelled us forward into a better state of being? We might be living healthier, happier, more prosperous lives like the ones we hope to live until age 100+

Those who make positive choices see the same sunsets, breathe the same air, love and are loved no less than any of us—and they have something more: The satisfaction of knowing they have chosen to go in in the direction of a life of health and growth.

P.S.: I don’t know about you…but just reading this makes me pretty inspired to go take a walk!

I’m @DianGriesel aka @SilverDisobedience the author of The Silver Disobedience Playbook (link in my bio or buy one at amazon!) I’m a Perception Analyst who shares my Daily Meditations for other Ageless, Passionate & Curious People.