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How Are You Living?

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In the Southern African country of Lesotho, their language has a word that reflects the wholeness of life, bophelo, whose root means alive.

It refers to being in a state of wellness in all the dimensions of life. The most common greeting among the Sesotho people, the equivalent of our, "How are you?" Used as the root of bophelo, which means, "How are you living?" Or, "How alive are you?" I, every day see patients who don't have a diagnosis I can label, they're missing joy or happiness, or even simple kindness in their lives. One woman was so certain that she was sick, that when I assured her she didn't have a serious illness but should focus on her wellbeing, she told me, quote, "You would rather see me happy exercising than treat me for my misery." Her lack of wellness and spirit was exactly the problem, and I had no pills to make her whole. We all need to think about bophelo. How are we living in all the facets of our life, if we want to be healthy in the complexities we face every day? This is Dr. Scott Morris for Church Health.

Dr. G. Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div, is founder and CEO of Church Health, which opened in 1987 to provide quality, affordable health care for working, uninsured or underserved people and their families. In FY2021, Church Health had over 61,300 patient visits. Dr. Morris has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and M.D. from Emory University. He is a board-certified family practice physician and an ordained United Methodist minister.