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Receiving the gifts along the way

Thursday, May 02, 2013

"Men succeed when they realize that their failures are the preparation for their victories." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today I listened to a great Inside Out Weight Loss podcast in which Renee Stephens talks about the power of learning from mistakes with self acceptance and love. In other words, using mistakes as opportunities to improve, with a focus on the valuable lessons to be gained, and letting go of being angry with oneself.

I loved this podcast because I realized that block to new results is guilt and beating myself up. If I can learn with an open heart and and open mind, change is not only possible, but it's almost instantaneous.

Life is so much better when we enjoy the journey every step of the way, no matter what we weigh, no matter what issues we still want to tackle. The trick is to receive the gifts along the way.

Renee goes on to say that we should let go of statements such as "When I lose the weight then I'll get to ______." Why not do it now? Why not enjoy and say yes to life now? She continues that we should enjoy the journey as much as or more than the destination because this is a lifetime of change.

I felt so uplifted after listening to this podcast (as I always do). Suddenly I saw the amazing blossoms everywhere, heard the birds singing, and felt at peace. And with that peace came an ease to self care. It's so much easier to take care of myself when I feel grounded, balanced and calm. And I deserve to feel that way today and everyday, at any weight!

"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly." -- The Buddha
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NUOVAELLE 5/8/2013 1:51AM

    Your blogs are so full of calm and life wisdom. Indeed, it's the journey that counts and not the destination. And we have to receive and enjoy all the gifts that are given to us along the way. Even if they are disguised as mistakes. They're still gifts of experience and learning.
Thank you for another beautiful blog!

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KANOE10 5/4/2013 10:23AM

    Great positive blog. Self acceptance and self compassion no matter what you weigh is so important!

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BESSHAILE 5/4/2013 8:29AM

    :) I didn't even hear the podcast but reading your post lifted me up. thank you.

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MKELLY72 5/3/2013 1:29PM

    It sometimes takes work--but I try to put this attitude into practice as much as possible. I have been most successful and happy when I do--and I find that when I become grouchy and melancholy--it's when I have moved away from the attitude of learning from my trials.
Thanks for sharing this!

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    This is a beautiful thought and blog. So true!

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CAROLISCIOUS 5/2/2013 9:23PM

    Great thoughts! Thanks!

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WILSONWR 5/2/2013 11:56AM

    Yes, we need to enjoy the journey!

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LCERVERA 5/2/2013 11:51AM

    Enjoy this gorgeous day!! (I'm on LI, so I think we have the same weather!) emoticon

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    SO very true how we have to always enjoy the 'present' emoticon

Great blog!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 5/2/2013 11:11AM

    emoticon blog as usual emoticon emoticon

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    Love this!! :)


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