If my math is on point like it should be, it’s safe to say that vibrant life > not so vibrant life.
Pretty sure that’s right, but please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong!
I’ve been blessed to know what it is to be in optimum health- in mind, body, and soul. I’ve put in the work to develop each and every one of those areas in the best ways that I knew how and in the ways that I personally felt were important. That definitely doesn’t mean that I’m perfect or that I maintain that optimum health in any/all of those areas at all times, and it doesn’t mean that I’ve got it all completely right- there’s always learning and growing that can be done. I’m also human, I’m imperfect, and I make mistakes and fall off the wagon from time to time just like anyone else does.
But that’s okay!
Because the key is learning from those mistakes, and growing as you develop the strengthand momentum to pick yourself back up. Essentially, the key is forgiveness… not forgetting, but recognizing, learning, and moving forward.
Knowing how it feels to be in optimum health (not only of body, but of mind and soul as well), the blessings that come as the result of the hard work it takes to get there, the energy and productivity that I have in each and every day, and (most importantly, to me) the much more beautiful ways in which it allows me to interact with and inspire my friends, family, and every new person I meet in this world is why I’m able to very easily recognize when I’m not there. I can SEE it, I can FEEL it,
and I don’t like it. The difference may not be entirely noticeable to everyone at first glance- I don’t balloon into obesity, I don’t suddenly become a crabby bitter person that hates the world and everything in it, and I don’t just completely fall apart. But I know the differences, I see the ways in which they limit me in many areas of my life, or at the very least, provide much more difficulty in accomplishing and acquiring what I want and need, and it’s not a fun way to live. It may have been acceptable before, but knowing what I could have and HAVE had provides a noticeable contrast when I do veer from progress that makes me want the more, not the less. Fortunately, because I’ve put in the time and effort before to learn what I personally need in order to be at my best, I know what I need to do in those times in order to get back to my prime, and knowing the results motivates me to do it.
Like many people do, I have let the stresses of life get in the way lately and I haven’t been at my best in any of those areas, but I’m motivated and excited to be getting back on track!
It makes me wonder, though…
How many are struggling and don’t even realize it? The lack of energy, lack of motivation, lack of enthusiasm, lack of self esteem, lack of mental clarity, dependence on stimulants like coffee, alcohol, and/or other drugs (legal or illegal) to supplement for those things… it has become so acceptable and so “normal” to live that way, but it doesn’t have to be.
The thing is that I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that many don’t even realize that there could be more- that they could be living SO much better and enjoying this life in such a truly healthy, happy, and vibrant way. They haven’t felt it or experienced it and, therefore, don’t even know that it exists; therefore, they have no reason to feel motivation to do the work (yes, it does require work) to change, and the lack of confidence in the idea that this type of life actually exists, let alone is attainable, only further lessens their interest to even try. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been told and heard that someone doesn’t believe that my happiness and vibrance is real. That it must be fake, because “no one is that happy”… it’s sad to me that people live in a way that they truly believe that to be true. So, they continue to do what’s easy and what’s “normal” and drink the coffee, depend on alcohol to get them through the nights, and rely on over the counter and prescription medications to ease the symptoms of the ailments that inevitably develop over time as a result of living that normal and socially accepted lifestyle, because they’re told that it’s completely “normal” to develop those ailments, as it “comes with aging” or “sometimes these things just happen and we don’t know why”.
Now I’m not judging it at all- I’ve been there and have lived that lifestyle, and as I said before, I lose my footing now and then just like anyone else. But if anything, it makes me sad because I wish everyone could know what it is to be healthy and vibrant, and I wish more a than anything that I could give that gift to every person in the world. I absolutely would if I could! But I can’t do that so easily. All I can do is my own best to live well as an example and to share when and how I am called to share, with hopes that it helps someone in some way.
But I do wonder how many have labeled their feelings of low energy, low motivation, and lack of focus as laziness. How many have labeled their struggles as some sort of ailmentthat requires medication. Or how many have accepted their moodiness, anger, and bitterness that comes as the result of what is ultimately really just chronic pain and discomfort, that they don’t even realize is pain and discomfort because they’ve dealt with it for so long and because it has developed so gradually that they don’t recognize it as something that needs to or can be cured, as their personality… like that’s “just the way that they are”.
I wish for each and every one of those people that they would find that little nugget of desire to change- that little spark of motivation to be better for whatever reason it is, be it in work and/or personal life- and they would hold onto it. That they would reach out for help from whatever resources they can find to begin taking those baby steps to learning, growing, and developing. It takes time and effort, just as anything worth doing does, but the point of it all is that it IS possible and it IS worth doing. If I’m your resource, don’t hesitate to ask me for help! Even if it’s something so little as a friend to talk to for encouragement, or if you need me to link you to my resources. I’m here for you, just as I’ve been blessed to have people be here for me. After all, sharing is caring!
But you know what, although I wish everyone in this world would jump up and find that motivation to be as happy, healthy, and vibrant as possible for themselves, my ultimate wish for you is this: if you take nothing else away from what you’ve just read, I want you to at least walk away knowing how incredibly blessed you are to have another day to live this beautiful life, and however it is that you choose to do it, that you just get out there and enjoy it!!
Live in love! ❤