Heeeeeyyyyyyooo. How ya feeling? Hope your week is off to a great start. If you do CrossFit, are you doing those qualifiers?? WZA or Dubai? Or both? I’m doing WZA for fun, but I’m excited about the team qualifiers next month (I think they’re next month, right?). I always say I’m doing these things for fun, but I always get a little competitive. Can’t help it. It felt great to jump in class today and do Fight Gone Bad. I even got to do my wallballs next to Daniel. Sweet, right? I got to see one of my favorite bands the other night. I love NEEDTOBREATHE – Especially that “The Reckoning” album from a long time ago. Johnnyswim opened for them, and I hadn’t seen them live in like 6 years. I forgot all about that sweet couple. They put on a great show, and played some classics. I mean, it wasn’t Beyoncé, but it was fun. We got realllly tight with everyone around us. Lindsey snatched our tickets for us a long time ago, and ya know, she’s all about go big or go home, so we were right by the stage… moshpit style! It was so fun. Colin had the most fun. Shoutout to Daniel for giving up a little bit of that exciting UF/LSU game to make it happen. That was a lot of rambling
This is going to be a short one today, with not a lot of emotion. And I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about this before, but I needed this reminder, so maybe you could use it too.
I saw this quote the other day…apparently I posted it on my Instagram or something a couple of years ago, and it showed up on my Timehop. God Bless Timehop. It’s always fun to see the idiotic, intelligent things you posted on facebook 10 years ago (before there was an instagram). I get all nostalgic from time to time when I see a good memory in there too.
Anyway, I wanted to talk about this little quote from an ancient Greek philosopher. His name was Epicurus. We won’t get into all the details of what he was about and what he believed, mostly because you have better things to do – like eat and watch the Braves (if that game is still on when you’re reading this :).
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus.
Who is like me in that you’re always wanting more? – like never satisfied with what you have right in front of you? It’s natural to WANT more – to be a go getter, to rush, to strive, to always be on the lookout for “the next best thing.” In the gym, we’re chasing that next PR. (Helllooooo #Squatober. #ifyouknowyouknow). We’re striving to nail that next goal. In our jobs, we want bigger opportunities, more money, more responsibility. In our relationships, we compare who we have in our corner to others’ relationships, and sometimes we feel like something is lacking.
For me, my own perception of my effort never seems to be “good enough.” I sometimes feel like I should be way more accomplished by now (and maybe I should be?). I want to be better all the way around (a better wife, friend, and daughter…just to name a few). I want to be a better coach and a better athlete. I want to inspire people more than I do now. I want to find more ways to help people, and maybe make some money while I’m at it.
While these are all GREAT things to want (because who doesn’t want to be better than they are right now?!?) we still need to be aware of what we actually do have right now. If you’re reading this, then chances are that what you DO have right now is so good. AND because nothing is promised, there’s a chance that it could be gone tomorrow.
What I’m saying comes down to this… what we have right now could very easily be something we once prayed for, believed for, hoped for, and worked our butts off for.
If right now you’re thinking about GOALS, then think about this… at some point in your journey, you’ve made progress. That’s awesome. You wanna know why? Because you worked for that! It may not be perfect, but you need to give yourself some credit. Be thankful.
Keep your eyes on the prize. Take advantage of opportunities. Work hard for them. But never forget where you started. Remember where you’ve come from. Be thankful. Remember that where you are currently at is probably a current goal for someone else. Don’t take that lightly 🙂
Maybe it’s the weight you’ve lost, or your job title, or your clean and jerk max, or the fact that you can do one pull up, or even a muscle up now. Of course you want MORE.
But don’t forget to not take any of that for granted. Remember how far you’ve come to get there! And be thankful!