Motivation From Unexpected Quarters
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I attended a meeting at my boys' school yesterday. The guest speaker was a life coach with an amazing story. His reason for being at the meeting was to demonstrate to the parents the program he runs to help children apply themselves and help them to reach their full potential in life, especially with respect to education. He even had two young men with him who have gone through his program and the young men had some amazing stories to tell.
All this was quite impressive but what impressed me even more was the man's story. He grew up in a poor family but he set goals for himself and knew exactly where he wanted to be at different stages of his life. When he felt he had achieved his goals, he 'settled' and as a result he put on alot of weight (does that sound familiar?). He was quite successful but his weight compromised his health and he also had a feeling that there was more to life than what he had achieved.
He went to America and got some training that forced him to set new goals for himself. Coming back home, he realised that the first thing he needed to do was lose the weight. He lost 25lbs in 6 months and he became a runner, mostly running for charity.
As I listened to this man speak, I guessed his age to be late thirties. This was until he mentioned that he has a 28-year old son. You could literally hear my mind trying to do the math. The man looked too young to have a 28-year old son, unless he got his son at age 10! And suddenly a light bulb went on in my head - I'm sure if this man was still carrying the extra weight, he'd look much older than his actual age, which I still don't know.
I decided there and then that if God blesses me to live long on this earth, I'd like to stay young. I want people to get confused when my children introduce me to them (did you say your mother?). I'd like to walk around with my grandkids and have people thinking they are my kids! This man ignited something in me, and I have the tools to achieve it: good nutrition, exercise and proper sleep. I will use what is at my disposal to achieve what I want in life.
Moving swiftly on to an unrelated matter, I'd like to celebrate another casualty from my wardrobe - my favourite purple skirt suit has been dropped from my wardrobe. I bought it early last year and it has always been a real tight fit. I tried it on today and I was literally floating inside it. As much as I loved it, I have to let it go with joy and a smile on my face. Join me in celebrating this seemingly small but very important achievement. In light of my recent encounter with the scale, this really lifts my spirits.