Hellllllooooooo! Hope your week is off to a great start indeed. Check out this cool weather. It feels like fall. I’m not a fan of that, as I prefer 90 degree days and all the sunshine. But I know most people are, so good for all of you. It’s hard to be frustrated with weather though when halfway across the country, so many people are being affected in numerous ways by Hurricane Harvey. I cannot even imagine, and the pics I’ve seen so far break my heart. 

This post isn’t in reference to the hurricane or anything, but it does segway into where I wanted to go today. 

Have you ever thought about your health as a gift? Because it is. If you’re still reading this, you woke up today (obviously). And by now, you’ve had a full and (hopefully) good day overall. I’m sure not everything went your way, but you still had a day in the life of YOU. And that is a GOOD DAY.

Have you ever thought about how all of the good things in your life came about? Your family…your friends…the food in your fridge…the Chipotle you had for lunch…that Starbucks latte you drank at 3 pm? Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in all of the good things we have in our life that we forget how they came about in the first place. Or at least I do. It’s also sometimes easy to take credz for the good things in your life – like you deserve them or something – and I totally see what you’re saying, and can even agree with some of what you are saying…..

BUTTTTTTTTT….I also think there’s more to it than that. 

For me, the Bible is a great way to put things into perspective. I don’t make the time to read it as much as I probably should, because if I read it more, I probably wouldn’t be as crazy (Just kidding. I’d still be cray). But for me, it helps me to get outside of my own head and realize there’s a lot more to life than what I see right in front of me. There’s a verse I go to, and have to remind myself of from time to time, from the book of James. James is in the New Testament, and it’s 4 chapters long. I like ole James because he made his book of the Bible easy to read, very practical, and it talks about everything I need help with daily (like being careful of what comes out of my mouth anndddd having humble thoughts and actions).

Anyway, this particular verse is James 1:17, and in it, James says,

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

So…what does this have to do with a healthy life? A lot actually. Once I realize that everything good I have in my life right now is a *gift* (as in…grace…undeserving…it came about by nothing that I actually did on my own) I start to care a little bit more. It makes me want to go savor what I do have, and take good care of it, and in this case…. my health and what I can physically do to make my life better. 

And if you’re not all that into the Bible, or God in general…I’m not trying to leave you out. I think you can still have the same attitude as well. It just all goes back to knowing that where you’re at right now in regards to your health, and what you can do with your body, is a gift. Sure, you can work harder and smarter, and get further in life, crush some goals, and be really successful. That is your doing, and that’s awesome that you have worked hard. BUT at the end of the day, having good health and an able body in general is a *gift* Because guess what? You can do everything in your power to make your life the healthiest it can be, BUT tomorrow you could wake up and it could all be taken away from you. 

For example…this morning I was in the gym between classes, and I was squatting out of the rack. Well, I’m sure many people who like to go hard in the gym can relate, but for me, squatting (with or without weight) hasn’t felt great in awhile. But today, I was able to squat HEAVY with NO pain for the first time in awhile. And because of that, I was thankful. Now, that doesn’t mean that the rest of my workout today went smooth, haha. BUT I still had the opportunity to workout, and lift more weight, and do things that many people on this earth would love to be able to do, but maybe just physically can’t. And for that, I’m thankful for what I can do. 

See….when it comes to success in your own fitness journey, you could take the approach of “Oh, well, I’ve done so much to recover, and stretch, and I’ve worked so hard in the gym. Everything I can do is all because of MY hard work.” OR you could have the attitude of, “I’m the one who put the work in and prepped my food and made sure that what I’m eating is good for me, so I deserve to be healthy.” OR you could think, “I’m the one who has worked my ass off in my job, climbed that ladder, and made the right connections, so I deserve to be successful and well off.” AND I 100% SEE WHERE YOU’RE COMING FROM. I can even agree a little bit with you. But I do think it’s dumb if you forget to acknowledge that all of the good in your life right now is a *gift* – because no matter how hard you prepare, or try, or how hard you work, it could be gone tomorrow. Remembering that will hopefully help you to care more about the choices you do make to better your life, in and out of the gym.

See, I was going somewhere with all of this. 

I won’t hold you up any longer. I know you’ve probably got Bachelor in Paradise to watch, or kids to put to bed, or food to eat, or friends to hang with….but when you think about your life, remember to be grateful for what you can do, and for what you do have. And don’t be afraid to acknowledge that there’s more going on besides your hard work.