“Experts” tell us we need to perform a physical exercise past the point of exhaustion and failure and experience pain (broken down and slightly damaged muscle).
Once our workout is over, we should replenish our bodies with proper nutrition and hydration to help our muscles recover and rebuild. They will then become stronger and healthier – the gain.
What about our emotional, mental, and spiritual muscles? Does the same formula for success apply? From my experience, yes it does. However, there are no fancy names like Zumba or Spinning or P90X to describe these workouts.
The strength training is simply called… Life.
Yes, it’s that simple. Life challenges us with the most grueling workouts.
Have you ever held on to a relationship longer than it provided a benefit? I have. I maintained the status quo in many bad relationships and endured suffering and pain far beyond the point of any beneficial gain. The result? I was emotionally injured. My mental conditioning was grossly out of shape and I was miserable.
What about a bad job? Do you work to live rather than living to work? Fear of an uncertain future has me shackled to a job I don’t like because it provides a steady paycheck and health insurance. I work through the discomfort. I am working with an “injury.” I am professionally out of shape and miserable.
Have you ever given up on God? It can be grueling, at times, to count our blessings everyday and have faith in God to take care of our needs, rather than give us our wants and desires. I have spent a lot of time napping on a spirtual sofa. I am often bothered with a nagging injury because I am spiritually lazy, out of shape, and miserable.
Daily life can be brutally painful. It breaks me down. It pushes me to exhaustion and failure.
There is no recovery drink I can buy at a health food store to help rebuild me. No vitamins or pills to make the soreness go away. However, there is a remedy.
The magic elixir is: ACTION. Action, nourished by desire and determination, can help us overcome our daily battles.
No more planning! No more resolutions! No more empty goal-setting!
We can triumph over our struggles, when we exert ourselves to make changes. After losing our breath and sweating profusely, we can look in the mirror and like what we saw.
We can feel proud!
So, here we are. It is Spring – a time of renewal. Flowers are awakening from their period of rest. The birds are back from their vacation in the south. Trees will be blooming soon. Mother Nature is taking action. It is a time, a season for change.
We just celebrated Easter – a holiday to celebrate dying and rising again. What about you? Are you ready to rise again?
Let’s see action! Let’s see change! Let us experience the gain from our efforts of living through our pain.
Be Kind. Be Thankful. Be Significant.