Make everyday count!
With the slew of tragedy happening in our world here lately, I feel like I need to write something that goes beyond questions in the gym.
We are so lucky to have the opportunity to surround ourselves with amazing people when we step into the gym, and can I get an "Amen!" for saying that I wish every place we went was like our community?!!
But the truth of the matter is, we can't tuck our gym into our back pocket and take it with us.
I try my absolute hardest to live everyday as if it were my last (hence why I just dyed my hair teal!). We get so wrapped up in what we have to do tomorrow or what we have to do next week, so on and so on. And yes, it is always good to have a plan and to attack it. But if we are so involved in "the next day" are we really giving our present situation our absolute, 100% effort?
Let's talk about life outside of the gym....We are all aware of the recent devastation in Las Vegas. And my heart sinks when I see how many beautiful people lost their lives. A night that was expected to be a fun night out, ended in terror and heartbreak.
I sit and think to myself: "Why? Why would someone do something like this?" But then I have to flip the switch. I have to turn it around into "How can I make this world a better place? How am I going to help the person next to me?"
I once heard a story. And I am going to share it with you:
"I was walking on a beach and saw a boy from afar. I could tell he was throwing something in the water, but I had no idea what he was throwing. As I walked closer to him, I noticed Starfish had washed up on shore, and this boy was working fast and tossing Starfish back out into the water. How on Earth is he going to make sure each Starfish made it back out to water?
As I approached him, I ask him what he was doing and he said: "I'm saving them! They can't survive out of water, so I'm throwing them back to sea!"
I sat back and watched and said: There's NO way you can save all of them!"
The boy picked up another Starfish and tossed it out into a wave, calmly turned and looked at me and said, "But I saved that one." And he kept doing what he was doing.
That story will forever remind me that I need to remember, it's not about literally changing the world, but setting that example to make the world a better place. To be the light, to be the first person to smile, to make someone's day better than yours. No matter what you have ahead of you, approach it the way you would as if it were you last day on Earth. Treat everyone the way you want to be treated. And I know that is a lot easier said than done, but try it. Try it for one day. And tell me how you felt after.
I leave you with this:
"1 smile can keep 1 boat afloat"