Where does Inspiration come from? I get Inspiration from God, Polly, my parents, Polly's parents, my brothers, friends, other family, kids with cancer at Camp Kemo, a good friend with retinoblastoma, a women that commits to starting her journey this week, the person that shares a smile while asking for nothing, and the list goes on.
I see Inspiration everywhere! It is not hiding from any of us, we just sometimes fail to see it. I know I have failed to see it in the past. While dealing with all of the issues life brought to me over time, I began failing to recognize the inspiration in my life. It was always there I just could not see it for the weight on my body, mind, heart, and soul.
After years of stripping away the layers of addiction, I see very clearly now. Surrendering to alcohol in 1984 was a huge step toward seeing clearly and stripping away an ugly layer of ME. Stopping smoking in 1986 was another layer shed. Recognizing my need to take care of ME on March 2, 2009 was a wonderful step toward shedding two very heavy ugly layers of ME. Those layers were dealing with my workaholic self and realizing my need to start my health/fitness journey. This journey has become a bigger thing than I ever imagined and something that brings great joy to my life daily.
On March 2, 2009, the layers started falling off of ME. I could see very clear for the first time in a long time; clearer than I have seen in my entire life. I see Inspiration everywhere because of this enhanced sight. I always see the 'Half-Full' glass. I always see so much to be thankful for in my life and build on each day. It is a great place to be.
I feel it is the A in my HAW philosophy that helps me see the glass 'half-full'. That A is Attitude. I wake up each day and choose to have a good attitude that day based on ALL of the good things in my life, all of the blessings. With a good attitude I can make good choices. I have rarely made good choices while harboring a 'bad attitude'. How about you?
I feel like Rocky at the top of the steps in Philadelphia (Museum of Art) jumping up and down with joy with the song "Gonna Fly Now" playing in the background. I feel like this almost all of the time! Before March 2, 2009 I felt that way on occasion, but now, ALWAYS!
Thanks to everyone that inspired me along the way!
Note to ME and YOU: My wish is that we all are able to see the Inspiration around us! I know it is there, I SEE IT!
PS You had to know I was gonna use the step photo!!