Blessed are the hearts that can bend, they shall never be broken…But I wonder…If there’s no breaking, then there’s no healing. And if there’s no healing, then there’s no learning. And if there’s no learning…then there’s no struggle. The struggle.. well it's is a part of life. - one tree hill
I'm a bit embarrassed to say that old reruns of one tree hill are often in the background while I'm working during the day. I missed this teeny-bopper show the first time around but you know what, there are a few good life lessons in there and this was one of them darn it.
I've been thinking a lot lately (no surprise there oh miss philosophical) about what we spend the most time doing and how that's like a testament to what we find important or a priority. As we get older if you ask people who they are it's so interesting to hear how they respond. I'm a _____. For many it's defined by their vocation.. what they do. For other's it's by their relationships "I'm a __insert Mother, husband, wife, Brother etc." It's hard to pick one word or even a sentence that defines each of us. We all are a combination of all of these things.
When I look at where I spend my day, much of it is training, talking / writing to athletes, analyzing nutrition or as the communication director for the group SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular & Wellness Dietitians). Out of all of those things, I'm fortunate the Kyle was willing to foot the bill a bit this year while I got up and running or I would never have the chance to see if I could make a business work on my own. None of it is easy, and I work all the time, but it never feels like work.
The biggest challenge in life I think is finding that thing that is just so easy to do it's natural and doesn't even have to be thought about. It's the thing that brings us joy and that doesn't expect anything in return from us or vice versa. It's the thing we were made for. I also think our motives do matter and if those motives are to serve others I think we find more fulfillment that way as well. That can mean serving your family, your church or just someone who could use a little help along the way. That's when we really do have the insights and other words from God bestowed upon us. We can hear the voice more clearly and it guides us to where we are headed.
The other day I bumped into one of my athletes while going into my office (aka Starbucks) and he was with another person having a coffee. When he introduced me he said "This is my coach. This women, she saved my life." Then he gave me a huge hug and it just made me feel like I'm right where I am supposed to be at this moment in my life. I can only wish everyone else out there would have those same small glimpses of where they are supposed to be or if you don't know.. just look up at the sky and sincerely ask.
"Success is not achieved by winning all the time. Real success comes when we rise after we fall. Some mountains are higher than others. Some roads steeper than the next. There are hardships and setbacks but you cannot let them stop you. Even on the steepest road you must not turn back".
- Muhammad Ali
- Muhammad Ali