Change to Grow

It is easier to act your way into feeling that it is to feel your way into acting.

That is one of my favorite sayings and it is so true.  I have been trying to get back into shape by exercising and watching what I eat.  I love to eat and I really hated to exercise, so something had to change.  I went to the doctor for a checkup and the PA told me that she wanted to put me on more medication.  I looked at her and said that is not going to happen and asked what I needed to do to avoid that.  She simply looked at me and said to adjust your diet and exercise.  Something clicked and I said that I could do that.  I started immediately changing my diet, and then started exercising.  I didn’t feel like doing either one, but something remarkable happened.  As I continued each week, I started to feel better and I actually missed it when I didn’t exercise.  Sometimes when I walk, the feeling to exercise is just not there, but as I go further, the right feelings just take over. 

I had to CHANGE in order to grow.

One of my favorite stories is from England and is as follows:

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world.  As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.  But it, too, seemed immovable.  As I grew into my twilight years, in one las desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.  And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize:  If I had only changed myself first, then by example, I would have changed my family.  From their inspiration and encouragement, I would have been able to better my country, and who knows, I may have even changed the world. 

- Anonymous

So a question that we all have to answer is: do I really want to experience personal growth in my life?  That is followed by a second question which is: what am I willing to change in order to grow?

We will discuss in the next blog the different areas that we all need to grow in.

Thanks for taking time to read this.

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