“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.” (Kahill Giban)
How often do you have a looming task or project that is difficult to face because it has prickly, unpleasant aspects? It may be a self-improvement goal, a work related or home related project. Your heart is in the right place because you want to put your best effort into the project, but it’s hard to feel good about it or motivated. Let’s face it…..sometimes it’s hard to enjoy the roses because of the thorns. Read the rest of this entry
WISDOM IS: TAKING EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE
2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
There was a time in my life that I let bitterness, hurt, and anger so poison my thinking that I could no longer see God at work in my life or trust Him in my circumstances. A dear Christian counselor challenged me to take 30 days and get all secular influence possible out of my thinking and focus on positive thinking…focus on God. I took that challenge and turned off my TV, my secular music and my negative thinking. As a replacement, I listened to Christian music, read Christian books, studied my Bible and prayed. My great challenge: to make a decision about what my faith was really anchored to. Did I really trust that God could work in ALL circumstances. Did I really believe that God was sovereign and at work in my life? Read the rest of this entry
On Fridays at The Gypsy Mama , a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
Today’s Topic: PERSPECTIVE
“It’s All About Perspective” is a saying that I grew up hearing. The glass 1/2 full vs the glass 1/2 empty is a good example of how the way one’s mind views a situation and responds to a situation is affected by the perspective that individual CHOOSES to have. There is a lot of research about how our body chemistry is even affected by whether or not we choose to have positive thoughts and outlooks on life or to be negative, pessimistic and defeated in our outlook.
I know a person who has a tendency to get upset quickly over the silliest things. Comments like “It’s always happens to me”, ” I can’t win for losing”, “I don’t know why I bother to try” frequent this person’s dialogue. They take offense easily too and quickly jump to the conclusion that people are against them, don’t like them, etc. As a person on the outside looking in, I see the unnecessary stress and anxiety that goes with this kind of thinking and sometimes I feel the anxiety beginning to make me feel uneasy too.
Instead, I want to strive to be a person that puts a CHECK on any negative thinking that pops into my brain. I want to change it to positive thinking, yet realistic of course. It is often a prayer that I pray before I walk into work each morning. “Lord, give me your perspective. Help me see people as you see them and respond to them as you would desire.”
Our mindset is so important when we decide that we want to be healthy and fit. Just like so many other goals we set, if we don’t really want it for ourselves, we will not succeed. And why should we want it, when it is so much easier to live a sedentary lifestyle with all the creature comforts so easily available such as TV, video games, and computers that we enjoy sitting in front of for hours. After a hard day at work, who has the energy to do anything else? And who wants to take the time to eat healthy foods when junk foods are so readily available and palatable as well?
As a physical therapist, I am afforded a daily dose of the reality of how important it is to take care of our bodies. Younger and younger people are being hospitalized with strokes, some of them even in their 20s and 30s. Most people that you pass on the streets are significantly overweight and deconditioned, and they are suffering or will suffer from premature joint deterioration, diabetes, heart problems, and a myriad of other health ailments. They may be cruising down easy street in their daily activities and eating choices today, but they compromise the quality of their future.
WHAT MOTIVATES ME TO GET OFF EASY STREET AND ENTER THE WORLD OF PHYSICAL EXERTION, HEALTHY EATING, AND SWEAT?
FRIENDS WHO ARE FIT: Surround yourself with people who make their health and fitness a priority and you will find yourself with people who have a positive mindset, a determination and grit that is very inspirational, and it extends to all aspects of their life. They will encourage and motivate you on your own fitness and health journey.
FEELING BETTER: When I exercise regularly and attend to healthy eating habits, I feel so much better. My clothes feel better on my body, my energy levels are higher, my moods are more stable, I deal with stress better, and my outlook is brighter.
PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Being fit and eating right is a challenge I feel good about when I succeed, and it’s a worthy goal to strive for. I know that the payoff is not just today but years down the road as well, when I am physically able to actually enjoy my grandchildren, my retirement years, and growing old gracefully
i WISH to ENCOURAGE all OF those I encounter IN this LIFE to VALUE your HEALTH, realize HOW important LIFESTYLE choices MADE today ARE to OUR future LIFESTYLES…AND TO REALLY SERIOUSLY CONSIDER ****THAT APPLE A DAY****