Whether simple or small there are great lessons that life teaches us every day. I returned to the gym today after two months (doctor’s orders). Adding to the challenge was the fact that this was one of my toughest classes and instructors. However, you have to start somewhere and why not now? (The longer you wait the longer you put off your success and none of us can afford to do that in any area of our lives.)
I made a healthy, nutrient enriched breakfast and even had a friend say she would meet me there. I was so excited and reminded myself that I had waited for this moment. Step 1: I put my gear on and laced up my shoes (I came prepared/equipped). Step 2: I showed up (talk is cheap; just do it)! Step 3: I reminded myself that I had done this a million times and I was capable of doing it again although I was out of practice. (Philippians 4:13 You can do all things through Christ . . .)
I won’t lie: the first 10 minutes were brutal! The first five were awkward; I was soon out of breath and I wanted to stop, take a break and go home! The next five minutes had me feeling like I was way over my head and maybe I should have waited a little longer before returning. Sounds familiar (think about your life in and outside of the gym)?
There is good news: after the first 10 minutes, I received my second wind! Amazingly, the body acclimated itself to the intensity that two months ago was part of my regular regimen and suddenly I was leading the pack. The more the instructor asked us to speed it up the more I rose to the challenge. At the end of the class my body felt so good and like I had never stopped or taken time off. So what’s the lesson?
Life is full of challenges and there are so many things that we start and don’t finish only to be forced to revisit them later. Many know that all too well when they make their New Year’s resolutions and Vision Boards. Sure, you might initially be excited and willing to re-enlist only to soon feel frustrated, worn out and ready to give up before you can really get started. Don’t be deceived; the initial pains, aches and tiredness are nothing compared to how your body, mind and spirit will feel once you accomplish what you set out to do.
Moral to this story: you will make it but you must keep fighting!