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Analogy of The Beached Starfish/Struggle For Life

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A couple of weekends ago hubby took me to the beach. There was this awesome starfish, but it was crawling away from the water. Too often I find myself crawling in the wrong direction. Away from the things I know are helpful for me to have good health. It takes awareness that I'm headed in the wrong direction, then a determination to change and head back toward the foods and exercise that support my health. This starfish needs the ocean to survive. If it recognized what it was doing, would it go the other way? Or die by giving up? My tendency is to give up, though in the long run I make many renewed efforts to stay in the ocean and have a great life. The tide of motivation in my mind goes out, leaving me behind. I struggle to find my way back. Perseverance is the key. I have to remember where true life and health belong in my life.

I am in the struggle mode. Just as the tide has left me behind, it will come back to me. It will sweep over me and refresh me with it's life-giving water. I need to make the effort to head back to greet the tide. The tide if motivation will return.
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  • LARISSA238
    You can do it! It's hard to get back on the wagon, but it's worth it. Remember all the reasons why you started this journey and use that as motivation.
    1675 days ago
    That's a great analogy! I'm glad you keep turning back to the ocean and taking care of yourself.

    I'm sorry about the ankle! The SP seated workouts are great!

    1678 days ago
  • _JODI404
    lovely writing Lori! I'm really sorry you are in struggle mode, but life is all about surfing the waves that come our way.

    Motivation will come and go, but as you say - perseverance is key!

    1678 days ago
    What a great blog about your struggles-comparing your own struggle to the starfish you saw. Very introspective!
    1678 days ago
    Never thought of it that way. Thanks for sharing.

    Just so you know... you aren't alone in heading in the wrong direction. You see that crowd standing beside you?? I'm in that crowd too. Stay strong, maybe if we all shift in one direction, we can turn the crowd around.
    1678 days ago
    Interesting comparison... good questions.

    I tend to think though that you are not the only one who has a tendency to 'crawl the wrong way'. Most people in this society (the western world I mean) are very tempted to do it. The ocean of health may be behind us but IN FRONT OF us a LOT of temptations are placed.
    So it's no ordinary thing to turn around and get back in the water. It is an accomplishment when we do it. And, you've done it before - you know the way! :)
    1678 days ago
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