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When you are on a journey of any kind your perspective on things can have a profound effect on how much you enjoy your time and whether you are able to find happiness within it. Finding gratitude in the small things can allow you to see things that you take for granted that not everyone gets to experience. 

I wanted to share this poem that I read in one of my mindfulness courses. I am unsure of the author but I thought it was a really great example of how perspective can change your outlook. Here is the poem:

[su_quote cite=”Unknown”]“One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, ‘How was the trip?’ ’It was great, Dad.’ ‘Did you see how poor people live,’ the father asked. ‘Oh yeah,’ said the son. ‘So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip,’ asked the father.

The son answered: ‘I saw that we have one dog and they had four.’ ‘We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.’ ’We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.’ ‘Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.’ ‘We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.’ ‘We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.’ ‘We buy our food, but they grow theirs.’ ‘We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.’

The boy’s father was speechless.

Then his son added, ‘Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.’”[/su_quote]

So how does this fit in with health and fitness? 

*When you are not as toned as we would like to be or not at our goal weight don't hate yourself and avoid mirrors or going out because your waiting to see results. Find the things you like about yourself and not the things you dislike, and yes, there are good things about you!! 

*If you need to modify when working out don't think that you are failing or are not yet good enough because you cannot do the program at super speed (You will get there if you stay consistent). Modifying can allow you to slowly gain strength and increase your cardio without getting injured.

*If you fall off track with your nutrition plan don't put yourself down. Just get back on track and try again. 

*No one is perfect – even if they appear to have it all together!

These are just a few ideas. Brainstorm some other areas that you may think negatively about and see how you can turn them around for the better. 


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