Thursday, August 20, 2015

it's about effort....not perfection

Good morning!  I love this quote. Too many times we base our self-worth on doing things "perfectly" and when we fail to live up to our own...or others' expectations, we feel bad and give up, just because we don't feel like we measure up. Fortunately, our journey is not about perfection, nor is our self-worth based on how we compare or measure up to someone else, but rather on the effort we make to improve our own well-being and the lives of those around us.

We are always going to be surrounded by people who are thinner.....prettier....make more money....live in bigger houses or drive new cars....appear to have it all together......BUT our journey shouldn't be measured on those things. If my personal journey was about being the thinnest, richest, most popular, etc....well.....then I would always be considered a failure.  Instead, I want to focus each day on being KINDER than I was yesterday; being compassionate to those who are in need or struggling in any way; smiling at those who are feeling down or discouraged and building people up rather than making them feel insecure, or 'less than' perfect.....all while doing things to positively improve my health and well-being, eating right, and taking care of my own health.

Today I encourage you to commit to putting effort into your own journey. If that effort doesn't involve giving up cookies or staying away from junk food.....then how about doing just ONE thing today for someone else.  Take one small step toward health....even a little tiny one.....and do at least ONE thing to make a difference for someone else.   some ideas.....

Write a thank-you note to someone.
Send a greeting card for no special reason.
Smile and say hello to people you pass in the hallway.
Tell someone they are doing a good job or you appreciate them....check out lady, server at restaurant, bank teller, etc...
Forgive someone for an ignorant comment or petty transgression...
pick some flowers or bake some cookies for a neighbor or shut-in.
visit your grandparent or elderly aunt/uncle....
the list is endless.........

Transformation on the OUTSIDE begins with transformation on the inside. And as I say frequently, and embrace whole-heartedly....a skinny body with a mean or selfish spirit is UGLY. I'd rather be chunky and kind/loving/caring than thin and rude/selfish.  The best news, however, is that with God's help and a little effort, I can strive to be both!!

Have a great day today......