“Strength in the body (strength in the body), Strength in the Mind (strength in the mind)”….ATA Tiny Tigers
I had good, valid reasons to quit. Failed a test, time management requirements had changed…LOL, Spousal Death, but even at the apex of complete defeat, I had to remember that I made a commitment, and yea though I walked through the valley of severe self-doubt and anguish, quitting…was not in my soul. I’m not special, it’s just that I’ve run enough 5k’s to know that as the Finish Line comes into view, and your body is begging you to rest, that’s when all the fears and doubts of the path that you left behind meets the one that lies before you. Hell who knows, you may trip, you may fall….Strength in the Mind….Make It Your WILL, and you WILL Make It Your Way….but it won’t be easy.
Some….have a hard time understand addictions, but I don’t. I remember when Princess was little and she walked up to a woman in a wheelchair and asked her, “Why don’t you just get up?”. I mean, to her it seemed just that easy. As adults the curious questioning of the young age is long gone, and our questions become more harsh…..”Why don’t you just quit?!”…..Hell, if it were that easy, they freaking would…! I’ve made no secret of my admiration for Robert Downey Jr, because he came back from the pit of despair, to be THE Iron Man we know and love today. He had help, true, but mostly he had Strength In The Mind, a complete reversal of what he had learned, to stand up to his addiction, and recover. I’m sure he didn’t want to, because I’ve known addicts who’d rather die, than quit….No one chooses that life….but some, don’t get that….
We’ve become a society of oxymoron’s. We hate the bullying of our children, but think nothing of doing it to each other. I had a conversation with my Instructor yesterday, a woman I do indeed respect, but it felt bullyish…I held my ground against her, LOL, because I do not easily bully, I would hope our President doesn’t either. With his first 100 days behind him, Trump now admits that the job of the US Presidency, was harder than he thought it would be. Well yes. Every time I start a 5k or a workout class, or any project (like Nursing School), I always think, “I got this“…..because those who went before me, made it look easy. Whenever anyone asks, “What would you advise” I always say, “You GOTTA WANT IT, and you gotta stay humble“. There’s great wisdom in humility…..The only reason I keep going….is because my mind, the sheer Will of my stubborn nature, tells me, that I may damn well fail at what I do, but I will never quit…..You will never defeat me, and trust, some have tried. In two short weeks, I’ll be graduating, and one day, you’ll be reading my book……So….
Strength In The Mind.…You gotta want it….you gotta want it….you gotta want it because the body doesn’t! Whatever challenge you face, whatever dream you chase, it is not going to be given to you…why should it? You will not respect it…you will not enjoy it. When I wanted to quit Nursing School, I had great, caring, solid advice from both sides, but it was one small angel, a classmate who wrote to me in a PM, “I’m not going to tell you what to do, I’m only going to show you where you are right now“….and like that, I could see, though the haze, pain and anxiety, the Finish Line. Strength In The Mind....even as my hair fell out, and severe anxiety gripped my soul, I did it, but not alone. We are called to help each other…please do not judge what you do not understand…you are hurting people, good people. Gotta Go, Princess Pageant today. I don’t care if Duchess wins or loses, I told her to just have fun. A day without a nap for both of us, and you’ll see Strength In The Mind, my mind…Gotta love a Tiny Tiger who acts just like her father….Don’t Judge Me…I’m not the only prideful, stubborn one around here….Be Blessed.
Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. Be KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Saturday.