Thursday, August 7, 2014

On Paths and Processes

I had originally planned to post daily about how my journey has been here at Fitness Ridge, but I have to admit that I am so stinking tired at the end of the day, I just want to veg and go to sleep! 
This week has been amazing, I have learned SO much and have grown so much in my short time here. I HIGHLY recommend that if you need to take a break to find yourself again, this IS the place. 

I had an awesome experience today that I'd like to share with you. 
As you know I believe deeply in God as my higher power. I also believe that there is an adversary that is working hard against us to keep us from becoming closer to God. 

As I started my hike today (I burned 1500 calories...w00t), I looked up the path where I was headed. There were a lot of ups and downs on this path. 
I saw a lot of steep inclines in the distance. 
It was the same path I took yesterday, so this time I had some experience and knew what to expect and my perspective had changed deeply. 

Yesterday, I looked at those steep inclines in the distance and immediately thought to myself, there is NO way I am going to ever make it. 
I kept psyching myself out saying the path was too hard, or my body was too tired.
But for some reason I pushed myself and I'm so grateful that I did. 
Because, you see, those steep inclines in the distance weren't that bad once you got closer. When you viewed them from the distance they looked impossible, but in reality the brush was simply covering up the parts of the path that showed the gradual incline, making it seem steep, when in reality it was doable. 

Looking at that view today, I had the realization that the adversary works the same way that my mind was working that first day. As we look upon our path in life and as we travel it, there are a lot of ups and downs. And sometimes the path seems too hard or too steep. That is when the adversary steps in with his own sagebrush to block our view of the real path that helps us gain perspective that though it may be challenging, it is doable. 

I'd like to think that it was faith that pushed me to take that path the first time I took it. Faith in my God that He will help me if that path gets too hard. Faith in the process that if I work it, it will work for me, and faith in myself that I can do anything I put my mind to. 

 I wanted to share with you one last quote that Sione Fa (you know the cool dude from biggest loser season 7) shared with us in one of his lectures:

Now it's your turn, trust the process and see yourself change forever.


1 comment

  1. What an amazing experience! Thank you for sharing. It definitely helps to motivate me (I have been struggling with the motivation part lately). I love you forever. Keep at it...I believe in you!