For the most part, I post about positive energy, useful foods, fitness and happy thoughts.
I believe there is no shortage of distressing news, so I look to focus on what I prefer as often as possible while staying informed about the world we really live in.
To be honest, though, I have my challenges like everyone else. Life throws me curve balls from time to time and often enough, as soon as I set a goal that is worth something, anything happens to deter my efforts.
Can Anyone Relate?
In the past, I would have succumbed to being the victim. It isn’t hard to do. In fact, it’s very easy to shunt all responsibility away from ourselves and blame SOMETHING when life isn’t working out the way it “should”.
This is why I am so grateful for what exercise and well-being have brought to my life.
Every time I begin to feel “defeated” by circumstances I remember the phrase “life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond”.
With experience, I have discovered that if I wait for someone/something else to change, I may wait forever.
It’s a very weakened state of being.
If we understand that a shift in perception can influence reality, even though the internal work can be painful at times…the rewards from the growth are immeasurable and freedom is within our grasp.
Making the decision (and yes…it is a DECISION) to exercise, to eat “useful” foods at the right times and to treat my body with respect has taught me how to respond to life rather than react.
Responding to life empowers us while reacting victimizes us.
Working out is a response. Learning how food really works and using it as a tool rather than a crutch is also a response.
They are “on purpose” behaviors. The initial reality of a lousy situation may not immediately change, but taking the time to connect with our bodies while physically becoming stronger sends a message to our subconscious and therefore, the world that even though things SUCK right now, we are in charge of SOMETHING!
We are in charge of our bodies through the power of thought and when we make ourselves stronger, healthier and more efficient, we are changing our mindset to one that has room for hope.
If dealing with challenges in the past, I would have enabled circumstances to lead me to “cope” with sugar, cigarettes and a lot of alcohol.
Nowadays, I grab my dumbbells and use whatever anger/frustration I am experiencing to fuel my workouts and then replenish with foods that keep me alert and sharp. Or perhaps I get still and quiet in an effort to hear the silence between the thoughts.
It’s my way of letting the Universe know that I still have a say.
We All Have a Say
It’s a natural side effect of using wellness as a life tool rather than just a goal based on vanity.
For any of you experiencing challenges out there, I hope this brings you peace and joy. Experiencing these feelings is our birthright ; )