Empowerment

I wasn’t planning on writing this today. It just happened. Our lives are filled with moments like these – opportunities – and it is up to us to recognize them and use them for the positive.

I am referring to my blog yesterday, where I wrote about my need to exercise more in order to seek better health. I had a big reaction to this entry, and a lot of positive comments came my way. At first, I felt good about it and politely thanked everyone. But then I noticed something even more amazing happening: all this positivity was making me stronger. I was empowered by YOU. I quickly realized that I needed to use this energy in my quest – and I did.

I awoke this morning with the urge to walk again, only I knew it would be more difficult today, as I would need to walk alone. That was my first misstep: I was already over-thinking my situation and empowering the negativity. I forged ahead, even though every fiber of my body was on full panic mode, urging me to give up.

My first step out of the door was a challenging one. I was trembling. I stood on my doorstep for a few minutes to acclimate to the outdoors. My hands fidgeted and wanted to reach for the doorknob. I silently repeated my mantra for the day in my head, “don’t be afraid” over and over, dozens of times. And then I stepped onto the sidewalk and took a brisk walk.

My body and mind fought every step of the way. I tried every trick in the book to stay calm. Cars passed me and I could not look at them, my eyes casting down at the street to avoid contact. My chest tightened (a problem I have as a side-effect from cancer treatment) and I had to convince myself I was not having a heart attack. I forged on.

About half-way through – when I realized I was going to make it – I started to calm down. I used self-talk to get my mind off my body and onto my writing. It relaxed me more; and I was able to come up with new ideas to use in the book on which I am working.

When I arrived home some 20 minutes later, I felt wonderful. I felt strong. And that is when I knew I had to write about it – not for me, but for others. I want everyone to know about the amazing power that comes from your support group: your family, friends and fellow bloggers who offer you constant encouragement. Do not ever underestimate this power. Open your heart and soul to it. Feel it.

Feel the empowerment! You are stronger than you know; and together we are even stronger!

Have an amazing day!

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11 responses »

  1. Colleen says:

    I’m proud of you Joe. And thank you. I knew I was going to walk this morning. My problem is I was going to chicken out of walking by the high school. I might have to run into my former colleagues. I might have to go through the panic of becoming disabled again. But then I thought what would Joe do? And so I went. If you read my post “The Perfect Moment” you’ll see something very nice happened. I believe in positive energy and empowerment. Do me a favor though. The Universe doesn’t get negative statements. So it reads “I’m not afraid” as “I am afraid” Try making your self talk: “I’m fearless” or “I’m brave.” Uh oh maybe I shouldn’t have shared that. Now you’ll be so fearless, you’ll be walking over to my house and stealing my Fritos.

    • Joe says:

      Yes, indeed. Better lock up the Fritos — I am a walking fool — be right there!

      PS: I get what you are saying and will definitely use it — thanks! 🙂

      • bpnana says:

        Thanks, Joe, for your wonderful post. I like starting my day on a positive note & I have you to thank for it.! I was diagnosed with Agoraphobia thirteen years ago this coming Dec. 21.. And, congratulations for getting out the door and taking a walk! Some person (what I like to call a “normie” could read your post (or mine, or hundreds of others like us who have agoraphobia) and say “What’s the dig deal?” What’s wrong with these people?” But the good news is that every time one of us shares that we made, maybe what the rest of the world would call an insignificant move, there are others, who are cheering us on!! I’m sitting in the dark here because I’m fighting off chronic bronchitis and a cup of hot black coffee helps open up the bronchi! I’ve got a vitamin D deficiency and I’ve got to get out more. I can see the sun peeking through the curtains, so I think today’s the day I’m going to take a walk to the beach!Thanks for sharing. It’s really important, in our community especially, to take the time to share our victories. They may seem small to some people, but to us, they are truly an accomplishment to be proud of and grateful for. Have a great day, Joe!

  2. AWESOME—- I AM CHEERING FOR YOU!!!!!! — I HAVE BEEN DONG MY WALKING IN THE EVENINGS WHEN IT IS COOL HERE– THERE IS A HANDICAPPED RAMP DOWN TO OUR MARINA HERE ON LAKE TANEYCONO– I WALK DOWN THE RAMP– FROM ONE END OF THE MARINA TO THE OTHER END– & BACK UP THE RAMP –( UP A STEEP HILL)— I AM ALWAYS TOTALLY OUT OF AIR THEN– WE GET BACK IN THE GOLF CART & BACK TO THE HOUSE– WHERE I USE MY OXYGEN IF I NEED TO!!! THIS HOLIDAY WEEK END THERE WERE WAY WAY WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE TO EVEN THINK OF DOING SO– AS THEY ALL WOULD HAVE ALSO HAD ON TOXIC CHEMCIALS– SO BACK THIS EVENING TO TRYING TO GET INTO A ROUTINE AGAIN OF WALKING AT THE MARINA!!! SO GLAD TO HEAR YOU HAD A GOOD WALK!!!!! LATER——

  3. MCS Gal says:

    Good for you. Even if you don’t have a person by your side, you have your blogging audience when you walk.

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