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!