Forty days. That seems like a significant number to me. Noah spent forty days in the rain with his boat load of pets. The Israelites spent forty years roaming around the dessert until they were ready to enter the Promised Land, and Jesus would spend forty days in the desert preparing for his ministry and ultimately battling Satan’s temptations, yes 40 is significant.
I have learned the last forty days that anything is possible. I have gone from putting everything I wanted in my mouth to actually controlling it. The food is no longer in charge. And when it does begin to step out of line I can see it and stop it.
Everything that has happened has occurred because of you. I cannot and will not be a person who will write something for others, that doesn’t get applied to their own lives. I feel like I am accountable to you my readers, and with this column my integrity is on the line. I am not going to let you down by giving up.
As we change our lifestyles and become more physically fit we will also be changing our character. We will learn that what we do, doesn’t just affect us, but all of those whom we associate with. Our family and friends and co-workers will all be affected by who you become through this process. I think you may also find that your personality becomes brighter and you yourself will have more joyful attitude toward life. My hope is that this spills over in to everyone that we know.
Here are some wise thoughts to keep in my mind as we continue on our road.
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.”” – Mary Anne Rodmacher
Courage is something that we will need as we begin to exercise and make better food choices. We will also have to face truths about ourselves and have the courage to do what must be done.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthen, vision cleared, and success achieved.—Helen Keller.
As noted earlier there are major character changes a head for us as we develop our new lives, but it won’t be easy. We will suffer and we will face trials but with coiurage we will face each of our trials we learn and we will go forward.
Learn from yesterday…Live for today…Look To Tomorrow…Rest This Afternoon. — Snoopy
The comic strip peanuts, has as much wisdom in it as it has humor. “Learn from yesterday.” Take the lessons from yesterday make them part of you, and let go of the day. “Live for today”. When you get out of bed, hold on to the hope that this day your dreams can come true. ”Look to tomorrow.” Don’t obsess on tomorrow, look to it prepare for it but concentrate on the day you have because there is no guarantee for tomorrow. “Rest this afternoon.” Always take time during your day to slow down. Begin to meditate to pray to rest with our thoughts so that we understand the path that we are on, and are prepared inside and outside to face the challenges ahead. Always take time to rest.
Have a brilliant day.