Thursday, March 24, 2011
I'm a member of Optimists International. We gather each week and mostly we work on fund raising activities that benefit kids either though community involvement or through scholarships. At the end of the meeting we recite the Optimists Creed. It is based upon the poem written below. As we recited it yesterday I thought of YOU. You are the person who inspires me, motivates me and helps me along this sometimes steep and narrow path I climb. I thought I'd share it with you since the poem and you have so much value to my life and journey
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something special in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
~ Christian D Larson
Your Forces and How to Use Them 1912
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Friday, March 18, 2011
I am learning to trust myself, my feelings and my intuition. I am learning to be confident in the fact that more often than not I know whatís best for me. Call it intuition, or a gut level feeling, it is the knowledge that I have inside of me, everything I need to be a successful and well balanced person. Thatís the easy part. The hard part is putting it into action. Being overweight creates a confidence crisis all its own and the longer I am overweight the deeper that crisis becomes until I begin to doubt my ability to do anything well. I have found myself on more than one wild goose chase. I have fallen prey to those ďget thin quick schemes.Ē They are the ones that promise health happiness and a brand new car in about thirty days if you promise to do one simple thing --- never eat again. They also issue you a thirty percent discount coupon on a funeral. I have been mesmerized by the photos of men in Brooks Brothers suits gazing smugly at me as if to say ďUhm, John, this isnít for you.Ē The list goes on.
Who do I listen to? Who has the wisdom and knowledge to know whatís best for me?
I do. I do if I take the time to listen to that voice inside of me that slowly and gently guides me towards health.
I do, when I put my life in focus and in balance and do the hard work up front it takes to get a good picture of myself, what motivates me and what brings me success. It happens when I believe I am worth all the effort, whether its successful at first or not, I am painting a very clear picture of who I am and where I am going.
I do, when I put on blinders and just for a little bit block out even the most well intentioned friends. I look deep into my soul and I see a clear vision or picture of myself and where I want to be and then I act on those positive urges that move me towards health. It means I may never run a marathon, participate in a triathlon or swim the English Channel. It means I probably wonít be invited to sit with the cool kids at their lunch table. So maybe I start my own lunch table and re-define cool.
I do, when I finally look in the mirror and acknowledge that I deserve everything I have ever dreamed of and that I have the intelligence and the ability to go out and get it. Not tomorrow, not next week but RIGHT NOW. It happens when I have enough faith in myself to claim my spot.
I am not advocating that you live on a mountain and refrain from taking any advice what so ever. I am suggesting that you and I decide when that advice is right for us. So many times we defer to people, not because we believe they are right but because we donít have the faith and confidence in ourselves to say otherwise. Itís as if we look in an emotional mirror and see all the spots and warts we have and decide maybe someone else knows better.
As I learn and grow I am finding I know best. It doesnít really matter what you think of me whether you love me or not. It matters what I think of me. You may argue with me that I am learning to lean to heavy on emotion and feeling and not enough upon intellect. I am happy you have come to that realization in your life and that you believe that is what works best for you.
In my top ten favorite things about Spark, right up there, close to the top, is the exhortation for me to be myself, travel my own path and find others who feel like me.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
Many of you inquired about how my back is feeling. I thought I'd give you a quick update.
It hurts, LOL
I have most of my range of motion back without uttering words not printable on a family web site. The pain has diminished. I have not taken any of the pain pills (I dont believe in narcotics) nor any of the muscle relaxants. (I had to work.) I have been getting by on Aleve. I ran into my doctor at the grocery this afternoon (It's a small town!!) She said it looked like I was better. No running for at least two weeks and no strength training for thirty days. She told me that as long as the pain is diminishing every day there should be no permanent damage.
It only bothers me when I am up and moving for any length of time.
Thank you all for your concern and your love
Thursday, March 17, 2011
About four times a year I get a chance to spend two days with a group of managers and their labor counterparts. The purpose of the meeting is exploring common values and makes their companies stronger in the marketplace. I really enjoy these occasions because I get an opportunity to lead a group of people who are steeped in tradition using nontraditional methods. On one occasion I split them into groups of five, gave them a huge piece of poster board and each a box of crayons and I asked them to draw an image of their perfect company. If they had to sell the idea to a group of investors what would it look like!! I bring this up because when I got out of bed early this morning I was still searching for a theme for my next encounter. (I have until Monday!!!) Then it hit me. We spend a lot of money and a lot of time in many ways accenting how different we are. We could probably spend a fraction of that resource exploring how much we have in common.
I donít know about you, but every time I meet someone I do a real quick evaluation and comparison of myself to them. Are the more attractive than me? Are they smarter? Are they lighter or heavier? Usually I come up on the short end of the stick when I play this game. Being overweight for the past ten years has taught me that if I am not careful I can end up having an exclusive pity party for one. I can fixate on how different I am from other people, how much better they are, how much more together they are from me. The list goes on and on.
I donít know about you, but when that happens to me the inevitable occurs. I feel like giving up coz after all, Iíll never be you. I know, I know, why would I want to be you? But I still play that game from time to time. You are brighter, more energetic and happierÖÖÖ. Just ask me!!! I examine myself and I come up lacking.
I donít know about you, but I spend a good deal of time looking at other peoples weight loss tickers and exercise programs and beating myself over the head and making really silly and unfair comparisons between myself and you!!! Itís insane isnít it, the amount of resource I invest in determining how different I am for you? Instead of really being sincerely joyful about my differences I usually find a way to turn them into yet another reason for me to get down on myself.
I donít know about you but I believe we have a lot in common. You faithfully log in each day and you do the things that are necessary to create a healthy life style, for you!! You are a kind, caring and supportive person who would drop what they are doing to help a person in need by a supportive Spark Mail, Goodie or blog comment. You think nothing about sharing your time with other Sparkers. You know the successful journey is a slow one, and itís full of hills and valleys, triumphs and failures. You never fail to provide a moment of joy or tenderness for someone else who is in need.
I donít know about you, but I think itís silly sometimes when I look the tremendous amount of love and encouragement I have the opportunity to provide for other people and instead I focus on how much more attractive or smarter they may be from me. I worry about our differences instead of learning form what we share in common. If you took our collective paths and drew them on a sheet of paper theyd resemble a three year old gone mad with a marker. They are so very different yet so very much the same.
I donít know about you, but I think itís time I concentrated more upon the things that you and I share in common rather than the very few differences that separate us. In the long run me and you will be much more successful.
Have a great Thursday and help me celebrate US!!!
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