Be the little engine
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
I have new running shoes. My 14 year old gave them to me for Mother's Day. She bought them with money that she earned doing henna tattoos at the school carnival. My daughter just turned 14 and arranged everything on her own for this booth. She brought in like $400. That's a big deal at 14. This year, she also won second place in an art contest and drew the yearbook cover. Growing up, I was often told why I couldn't. I was defeated mentally before I even tried practically anything. I think my mother studied the eeyore philosophy of life, "why bother?"," damned if I do, damned if I don't". Perhaps they thought if my hopes weren't high, that I wouldn't get disappointed. As a grown up, especially on this weight loss journey, I've thrown out that defeatist thinking and replaced it with quotes, like "what lies behind us and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us".. I think I can, I think I can. "If you can dream it, you can do it". I love seeing my kids try things. I always tell them, "if this path doesn't work, we will make our own path. We can do this". Half of any battle is believing that you can. How often do you hear people say, "if I only had not tried"? I've never heard anyone complain about wasting time with a college band or starting their own business or entering a race. I like the quote "I'd rather have a life of 'oh wells' than 'what ifs'". Weight loss requires the same belief in ourselves. We fall down seven times, stand up eight. We keep going because as Henry ford said, "wether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right". You can!