Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Perspective

My yoga instructor said something in class the other day that stuck with me.
"Everybody suffers."

This can be related to my workout life. Yes, this might be HARD. If it was easy everyone would be doing it. But it is a temporary suffering for a long-term goal (health).

So I am going to try and be thankful for a little suffering now and then.
I am thankful when I'm exhausted because I know it means that I've worked hard.
I am grateful for sore muscles because it means that my body is getting stronger.
I am thankful for a little fear because it means that I'm pushing myself to do something new.
I can appreciate a little disappointment because it means I have hope.
It's OK when I'm slightly obsessive because it means I have goals.
I am thankful for all of these feelings because it means I am living in the present.


Anyone have anything to add to this?

35 comments:

Heather said...

Oh you're right. I should stop bitching about the GDM and just be thankful I'm pregnant with a healthy baby girl. Fine. You win.

Wendy said...

Wow I love that! Excellent motivation. :)

*aron* said...

ohhh i like this post! i will definitely be using some of these this weekend.

RunnerGirl said...

I like the one about being slightly obsessive, since I'm more than a tad obsessive myself. Goal oriented sounds much better :)

Ms. Flusterate said...

This is so true. I try and always remember that EVERYONE is dealing with something hard in their life and it makes it easier to be compassionate.

Nice post!

Sagan Morrow said...

Great post- this is going to be sticking with me now all day:)

D said...

I'm thankful for the afternoon heat during my run because it means I slept in late to cuddly with my honey.

Victoria said...

That's the space I'd love to live all the time. Thanks for the reminder.

Robin said...

I like it!

I am definitely going to start calling myself goal oriented rather than obsessive.

teacherwoman said...

well said chica! :)

Jess said...

I really like a lot of that. It's always nice when you get a fresh dose of perspective.

Jess said...

You're very right about all that.

Love the label for this post :)

Running Knitter said...

Excellent post! Thank you!

Viper said...

Agreed. I look forward to being thankful after my next run.

Xenia said...

Thanks for the much needed perspective. It's going to come in hands for the next week and a half.

carla said...

good reminder.

I have a lot of things im "suffering" for which I should be uber thankful.

Miz.

Flatman said...

I needed this.

Carly said...

great post! It really is a good reminder.

J~Mom said...

I love the little tidbits from yoga!! Great post!

Marci said...

It soooo good to read stuff like this once in a while. Tough makes us better for sure.

Mendy said...

I love it. Thanks, and needed to read something like that today.


I'm sick and down-n-out, so I'm itching to get back out there training. So, nice to read that!

Kevin said...

How true

BeachRunner said...

Amen to that. Nice post.

Charmaine said...

If I move out, of course you can have my apartment. I'm almost done painting it and shortly will get new carpet, for your enjoyment. You can walk to the beach, grocery store and less then 20 paces to Starbucks. I think you'll like it.

But I have a small favor to ask. Call me. hee hee

Michelle J said...

p.o.m. Wonderful post!!! I am so glad i am a runner and discovered your blog!! Your great!!!

Judi said...

Train to suffer baby!

Meg said...

Great perspective! I really like the parts about being thankful for being exhausted and thankful for having these feelings for living in the present. Thanks for the reminders!

Liz said...

It is all about persective...thanks for the reminder. I tend to get caught up in the details and not the bigger picture! You rock!!!

Stephanie said...

I think I'll put that on a poster on my wall! Very well written. :)

Christine said...

I am currently taking a break in the middle of my suffering through yoga. this shit is hard man!! I could never do Bikram bc my condo crept up to like 80 degrees and I had to take a break and crank the AC before resuming. Mucho Credito to you !

Kate said...

That's always my mantra "if it were easy everyone would do it!"

Amanda said...

That's exactly how I've been feeling lately. Not sure if you have ever read anything by Wayne Dyer but it's pretty good if you are working on just enjoying life and living in the now.

M*J*C said...

Great post, definitely gets you thinking...
I'm thankful that I decided to start running and that my body has been handling it pretty well so far.
I'm thankful for all the bloggers out there who have shared their stories.
I'm thankful that I saw the Trail Hottie, although it was only once, I'm still thankful!!!

Zombie Mom said...

The other day I was talking to someone about the gifts rendered by being obsessive... I am thankful for how detail oriented and driven it makes me to reach my goals...

Brianna said...

I'm thankful for how active and inquisitive my children are because it makes me take a break from my chaos to explore the world with them.