Thursday, April 25, 2013
I stared. Rude, I know but my mouth dropped open and I stared at the smiling woman standing on my front porch this morning. I'd heard the knock as I was rushing around preparing for work, and muttered under my breath about not having time for visitors, as I strode to the door and flung it open.
There she was, and for a moment I wondered if my parents had neglected to tell me about a long-lost twin, because I recognized the family resemblance immediately in her eyes and smile, and there the resemblance ended. She was dressed beautifully, in clothes I've only dreamed of wearing and a size I've longed to be for many years now. Although I could see she was about my age, somehow she looked years younger. Her shoulder-length hair shone and sparkled with health, and I made a mental note to ask her how she managed to keep it looking so, well, healthy!
She smiled and said,"Jan, I know this is a shock, but I had to come to thank you. You've changed my life."
I stared harder and stammered, "I'm not sure I even know you. How could I have changed your life?"
She laughed, and swept one hand up in front of her body. "Don't tell me you don't recognize me?"
I must have looked even more confused, because she smiled again and reached for my hand. "Jan, it's me. It's your future self. I wanted you to see what your hard work accomplished, to encourage you beyond your wildest dreams. You did this! Yes, you did! You gave me ... us our life back."
Excitement swept over me like a thousand sparks flying up in the air from a campfire and she stepped forward into my arms to hug me tight. When we stepped back we were both crying, smiling and laughing.
"I did it?" I threw my head back and laughed."I did it! Wow!"
My future self was beaming, and she nodded, her eyes sparkling with our happy tears. "You did it. No matter how hard it was, no matter how many tough days you went through, you kept moving forward. You never gave up. You made it, and it's wonderful. It's been two years now since the day you reached your goal weight, and I just wanted to thank you for your determination, strength and courage."
She hugged me tightly one more time and turned to go. As she slipped back out the door, she winked and said, "See you soon."
I watched as she vanished before my eyes, smiled and logged on to Spark People.
Today our Spark Coach introduction said,
"Today, imagine your "future self" giving your past (or current) self a hug. See your future self thanking your past self for having the courage to move forward in this healthy lifestyle journey. How does it feel to look back on your former self with new eyes?"
I can't speak highly enough of Spark Coach. It's fantastic to have that extra support and I love it. I loved the idea today, about my future self coming back to see me today, and I imagine it might have gone a little like this story. :-)