Saturday, March 30, 2013
So I have a couple of things floating around my head right now...
First, I was advising my stepson earlier today about the advisability of filing for bankruptcy, and I had a sudden weight-loss analogy spring to mind. I told him that, in my mind, bankruptcy is like having gastric bypass or similar surgeries. It might be necessary in extreme situations, but if you don't learn how to live a healthy lifestyle, you'll just end up gaining weight again (and if you don't learn to live within your means, you'll just end up in debt again).
And I thought about how all the really good lessons in life take hard work and lots of effort. And I'm so glad that I have made the strides that I have in all areas of my life. I am proud of my increasing fitness level and physical abilities. My healthy habits have inspired favorable comments from friends and co-workers. I also feel like I'm better at handling my finances and budgeting and saving than I used to be. I'm content with my career choices, and I'm thrilled with our decision to live in Denver. I'm overjoyed to be able to share my life with the most loving and compatible partner I could possibly imagine. Overall, I love my life, and I know that it is the hard lessons that have brought me to such a great place!
Another thing I've been thinking about today is how my lifestyle has changed and what that has meant for my social interactions. I find myself trying to be closer to friends who encourage my healthy habits, while distancing myself from friends that don't support those habits. Now the latter category are NOT people who are actively trying to sabotage my lifestyle choices or anything like that. But rather they are just people who do not choose to make healthy decisions for themselves, people who remain sedentary and eat poorly. I just don't want to be around that kind of lifestyle anymore. I guess it's like an alcoholic in recovery; I feel the need to avoid situations and people that would encourage me to make unhealthy choices again.
Although it makes me wonder, should I be seeing more of these people and encouraging them to make better choices??? Part of me thinks "lead by example" but another part thinks "pearls before swine." Besides, I remember when I was living a very unhealthy lifestyle, I was rarely swayed from my bad habits by those with better habits. I guess I'll just keep living my life and try to remember that you have to find the path to health on your own terms.
One last random thought and then it's time for bed - my joy and love in my life right now are all due to conscious decisions, both in actions and thought. I consciously choose to take steps that will lead to a healthier and happier me. And I consciously choose to focus on the good and positive things in my life, rather than the negative. Everything is about choice and focus.
I hope everyone chooses the good for themselves!