The Year of Resilience

The Year of Resilience.

Five years ago, I worked out six days a week and ate very clean and I was the healthiest I have ever been. In the last two years not so much and in fact in the last two months, the wheels have come off the car so to speak and I’m back to where I was 7 years ago when I started my health and fitness journey.

So it is quite humbling to be here because I vowed I would never allow myself to get here again. In reflecting back on how I helped many others to lose weight and help to eat clean, it seems I didn’t take the best of notes because I cannot locate any notes, guidance, or recommendations. That’s terrible I know. This time will be different. I’m going to document the journey day by day, week by week year by year for others to have.

 

The good thing is for all my lack of action in the physical workout area, I have been action oriented in reading personal development. In fact, last year I finished 23 books and this year I’m challenging myself to reading 30 books. SO the wisdom is not lacking but wisdom is not enough and action is what is required.

 

I have just finished one of the best books I have ever read. It is called, Resilience by Eric Grietens. In the first few pages the book clearly captures what for many of us in the new year is our front line. Weight loss and a lack of self-mastery. But more than that, weight gain for many, can cause one to lose their self-confidence, their motiviation, and their sense of direction. They might feel, they are drifting along without a certain direction in life. This books provides that rudder to life and it has been gained thru hard won wisdom. Yes, the book is that good and yes I encourage you to read it for yourself. You can thank me later. Why do I think it will help almost anyone who reads this? Just keep reading…

Greitens tells his friend in a series of letters about hard won wisdom he knows his friend is capable of achieving. But if you read between the lines, really Greitens is telling each of us,

“I’m disappointed that you aren’t living as fully as you can. I’m disappointed that all of your gifts-your top energy, your street-smart, solid intelligence, your kind heart, your vision, your belief in the power of other people–have been lying fallow for too long. The world is a poorer place because you are not fully in it…the world needs what you have to offer.” Sooooo good.

Isn’t that true? Don’t we get disappointed not because of the flaws in our friends, our family, our coworkers, our spouses or our kids? But because we love them so much that we can see what they are truly capable of. We can see their potential. We can see them flourishing at a much higher level. We can see them soaring in the sky if only they could see it. Humbling it is because we then turn and look inward to see how much we could be soaring in those same skies. How much we are capable of? How much we need to become the person we ought to be? How much we need to improve? How far we need to go to flourish?

Greitens defined 2017 for me. It is the year of Resilience.

“Resilience is the virtue that enables people to move through hardship and become better. No one escapes pain, fear and suffering. Yet from pain can come wisdom, from fear can come courage, from suffering can come strength-if we have the virtue of resilience”. That is so powerful.

So, in the spirit of becoming the person we ought to be, let us rise and be on our way!

 

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