I don't feel no ways tired....
I come to far from where I started from....
Know body told me the road would be easy.
I don't believe he brought me this far to leave me.
I think of the words of this gospel song and I remind myself regularly with those words. I have been on this journey for a long time. I was at my heaviest so many years ago.
Today I was chatting with a friend who is battling a drug addiction and he was telling me how he wants so desperately to change. Although I could not relate to his addiction to drugs, I have battled with my own addiction for the majority of my life. That addiction has been to food, and so, even though I couldn't relate to his addiction directly, I could feel his pain of wanting to progress for the better.
I was looking for a picture the other day of me and my father and started to come across so many pictures of myself that brought back memories. Memories of heavier times, of unhealthier times. I laughed and some pictures, gasped at others and felt a little embarrassed about some too. I also had to smile because although these pictures had not only captured different images of me, they had captured PROGRESS!!
As I talked to my friend, I told him that I knew he wanted to live a different life but that at times it seems hard and out of reach. I know on some of those pictures I felt the same way. But I also told him to never give up and even when he slips, get back up and get back to that which he desires for his life.
Change is never easy but it surely isn't impossible. I am witness to that. Even if you fall off today, tomorrow don't give up. You have to push forward. And as you push forward, it becomes easier. I am doing it. I looked at those pictures and know it can be done. I told my friend, it can be done in his situation too.
Like the words of the song.. I've come to far from where I started from......
Progress. You may not see it when you are looking close up but when you take a step back, boy, what an eye opener!!!!!!