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Why Endure?

January 24, 2010 5 comments

You may wonder why my fitness blog never talks about “fitness workouts.” To share with you, there is a plethora of information out there on how to do a “squat” or what’s right to eat, what’s not right to eat. You can go to any magazine rack, library, or bookstore and learn how to exercise, even without a personal trainer.

NOTE: It is advised/highly recommended, that when performing any exercises, it is to be performed under the supervision of an experienced fitness professional.

How many of these books or magazines share with you the amount of mental preparation & motivation needed, along with will power, that it takes before enduring an exercise/eating regimen?  This blog is to help those of you that are about to endure, and also those that are currently enduring, in not only exercise & nutrition, but life as well.

Only seeing the “end result” of images fools too many people. Hardly ever is the public given the opportunity to see how long the path is that it takes for people to get to the “end result.” Not being made aware of the sacrifice, dedication, suffering & enduring it takes, causes far too many people to give up too soon.

This is not always the case. Some people do have real health issues that are being taken into consideration, but how do you keep on going even after you “have” been enduring for so long? Some of us have been enduring for years! The question is why endure? In my previous blog post I had stated that endurance develops strength of character. This is true.

People don’t give up because of the enduring. People give up because of the suffering. People stop trying because the suffering is unbearable to them. It’s not when we’re surrounded by those that support us that make it unbearable. It’s when we’re alone with our thoughts and feelings, when we’re tempted by our vices or the weak areas of our will, which make things unbearable…that makes us ask that question to ourselves, “why endure?”

You have to believe with every bit of your mind, heart, & soul (the body will follow whatever the heart and mind decide) that you will come out of this suffering as a better person than you were when you had first started. The growth as an evolving individual will be amazing!

Pressure, heat, and time is what develops a lump of coal into a beautiful diamond gem…and you are far more precious than a small stone. So if pressure, heat, time, & a little polish can create such a piece of beauty…

…Imagine how your life “will be?” It is not a “could be, or should be”…it’s, how will your “diamond” look?

Believe and have faith with all of your mind, heart, and soul that the suffering that you’re enduring for your sacrifice will make you a better person in the end, than when you initially started!

If the suffering is about to be unbearable or is unbearable, give someone you love and trust a call or email. It can be a family member, a friend, a loved one, a counselor, a clergy member…or even your personal trainer 😉

-III

Sacrifice

January 13, 2010 2 comments

Everyone experiences it, no matter what class, culture, or society that you were born into. What sacrifice(s) are you currently involved in? Are they to better yourself and others? What factors determine a sacrifice noble? These questions are presented, for you to answer for yourself, and to reflect upon. Sometimes we make a sacrifice that is decided upon with the best of intentions, the noblest of causes, but if you don’t commit to a sacrifice in full faith, it will always be for naught. For me, my first understandings about sacrifice are my parents, and all the sacrifices they made to raise my brother, and sister and I. Granted, not everyone can relate to that being their first understanding of the meaning of the word “sacrifice”. But ask yourself the question “What was my first understanding of the meaning of the word sacrifice?”

Some of us may still have that first understanding of the meaning as the “only” meaning of the word. This is not a bad thing, but is it the best thing? To have only one understanding…to have only one perspective? Share with those you love, your perspective of the sacrifices that they have made in their life, and they will show you that the beautiful diamond of life has many facets, and your side of the diamond is truly only one.

Even though sometimes sacrifices feel like a lonely path traveled, there is a reason why we have people important in our lives and why we meet people in our lives along this journey. They may have gone through something similar or currently be going through something similar, and have some wisdom to share for you to hear/or vice versa.

*Remember though, to actually celebrate when we run into problems and trials that are presented to us in reference to sacrifice, for we know that they help us develop endurance, (just like cardio exercise!). And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. This hope will not lead to disappointment! It can only lead to growth.

-III

*excerpts are from Romans 5:3-5