Thursday, November 01, 2012
I was just sitting here watching the coverage of the devastation of the storm in the northeast on FOX News. The pain of the people who have lost so much is so evident. Have been ther and been through it via a tornado in 1979. Have experienced that loss. You think that this is something that happens to other people - not to you.
One of the guests on the show was J. R. Martinez. Do you know who he is? He is a survivor of a devastating accident in either Iraq or Afganistan - I don't know which. He, at one time, was an outstandingly handsome man and was burned beyond recognition. He has gone through so many operations and skin grafts. He never gave up. Maybe you know him from Dancing With the Stars and his ever loving great big smile and never give up attitude. His mantra in life is to stay positive - always positve - in life whatever he has been dealt.
This made me start thinking about what I face on a daily basis. How minimal is the "trial" that I face and how "easy" is the solution to my daily situation compared to what this outstanding young man has faced. On top of my condition compared to what this young man has faced, I can control the outcome of what I face, and he could not. The only control he had was his attitude. He chose to stay positive and pick out all the positives from his surroundings. He contributed a lot of his surviving to the support of his loving mother and family. A great support system.
So let's see what we have here. I have control over the outcome of my weight condition in that I can chose the healthy food I eat and the exercise program I participate in. I can also chose to have a positive outlook on my healthy life style that will lead to my weight loss. I can also chose to have a positive outlook and take advantage of the positive support system that I have from my family, friends, and Spark friends.
So what makes it so difficult to make the changes that I need to make to have a better healthier lifestyle? I cannot answer this question. I can only go from here and think of this outstanding young man and hear his words as he spoke today in his interview. I would hope that I can think of the more positive forces that are there for me to reach for and engulf, the more positive people that I can surround me life with. I hope that I can be smart enough to recognize the negative and weed out or replace the negative with the more positive. Changing my thoughts and my actions from negative to positive are strictly up to me. This is something I have to work on daily.
Mr. Martinez, thank you for your inspiration and your strength to share your life with the world. I only hope that I can be half the positive person you have been. My journey is not near as tough as yours. I will get there and I will have those positive forces with me all the way.