Monday, February 25, 2013
A well-known speaker started off his seminar holding up a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?"
Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this."
He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill. He then asked, "Who still wants it...?"
Still the hands were up in the air. "Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. "Now, who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air.
"My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We may feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.
"Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who DO LOVE you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE.
"You are special. Don't EVER forget it."
Friday, February 22, 2013
Do you believe in Coincidences? Or do you believe that everything happens for a reason?
Since I began my Spark journey last October, I've been learning so much about being mindful. It seems that most of my life has been a blurrrrrrrrrrrr . . . . passing so quickly that I seem to have been a spectator rather than a participant.
Events of the past year have definitely been directing me into new pathways. As a 60 year old, I'm finding that change isn't as easy as it was when I was in my 20's. It's pushing me outside my comfort area and requiring that I open my heart and mind to new ideas and concepts. Yeah, scary.
And as I look forward, I don't see a yellow brick road winding gracefully into the sunset. In fact, I don't know where it will lead at all. But as I lift my foot to move forward, I see the next stepping stone appear before my eyes. . . . just in time.
Just like SparkPeople happening to me just at the right time. Giving me the tools to not only make a difference in my health and weight loss efforts, helping me establish principals and discipline that interwove into other facets of my life as well.
Bad Leroy Brown and I have a morning ritual. He loves to cuddle on my lap (wrapped in his blankey) while I'm having coffee with hubby before he leaves for work. But it's not enough that I'm holding and petting Leroy. We have to make eye contact. We have to hold that connection for a few moments so that he knows that I'm REALLY looking at him. We have to really connect.
When's the last time you connected with yourself? Are you living your life or just observing it? (Slow motion or fast forward.) When's the last time you looked at yourself in the mirror and like what you saw and were proud of yourself.
If it's been a while (or perhaps it's never happened), why not take a few moments to actually connect with yourself. Today. Right now. Or commit yourself to a time when you won't be busy.
Grab a notebook and a pen. Then look at yourself in the mirror.
Not just your body, but look into your eyes, into your soul.
What do you see? Do you like it? Write it down.
If you don't like what you see, write that down too, and be as specific as you can.
Then think about those thing you do or don't like it about yourself.
Then think about what you can do to make it different.
Then set yourself up to succeed.
SparkPeople has a vast resource area of helpful articles and related sites that can help get you get started on your journey towards living your life.
I don't believe in coincidences. I truly believe that timing is everything and the fact that you're reading this is not a coincidence.
Choose today to learn to love and respect yourself if you don't already.
Be honest with yourself.
Forgive yourself for the missteps and mistakes of yesterday.
(Yes, learn from them, but stop beating yourself up.)
Be good to yourself.
You and I only have one day. . . . today.
Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is only a hope.
Let's not lose today.
Let's make it a good one!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
I came across my old journal in my bottom file drawer. It's been months since I've written anything in it.
I thumbed back through the months and years, all the hits and misses.
As I read, I noticed that 95% of the initial entries that followed each new break of a few blank pages, were yet another attempt to lose weight. A date, a scale reading and yet another re-statement of a weight loss effort.
The last journal entry was in October, just 4 months ago.
The weight recorded there was the highest I'd ever been in my life. But what was different about this journal entry is that it wasn't all about how disappointed I was in myself, and then proceed to beat myself up. Rather, it was a SparkCoach assignment to write down my list of Why's I wanted to succeed, followed by a motivational quote.
So that's the reason I haven't been writing in my journal! That's when I began my SparkPeople blogging!
It's amazing to look back to see my growth . . . and look in the mirror and see my loss!
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