Monday, January 17, 2011
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” –Strength to Love, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I love that quote, and as I come to grips with the changes that I'm making in my life I find that this quote really applies. How many of us have let ourselves go by standing (sitting) in the comfort and convenience of our lives? Yet, here we find ourselves really finding out who we are and what we are made of when we challenge ourselves. But what of the controversy, you say? Well, how many of you live in a home where healthy eating is just unheard of? Or live with people around you who really don't support the healthy decisions that you are now making? (oh, come on! "One piece of pizza won't hurt you, one more soda won't kill you. I don't know why you have to be difficult, everyone else is eating it (etc, etc)"). That sure sounds like controversy to me; going against the status quo often brings controversy.
But now you are armed with the knowledge that it's what you do in the face of controversy, when you have to rise to the challenge that you find out that that is where your true character lies within. So, dig deep! Find that inner character and show people who you are! You are that person who takes time to prepare your meals. You are the person who gets up early, or gives up your lunch hour to get 30 mins. of exercise in for the day.
Don't give up if you haven't found that inner character yet. Trust me, it's in there, I promise. We just don't get the chance to be tested very often in our instant gratification society. Being here on SP is all about digging deep, staying motivated and not giving up.
What is your "ultimate measure"?