Inspiration

Whenever I am running and I come to a point where I feel like stopping, I reach for the one thing that has inspired me for the past 14 years, my son. When my son was 2 1/2, I watched him endure endless hours of speech therapy to learn to speak and one day he said the word “chip” and a year later he said, “Mom.” You see, even under extreme frustration, my son never gave up, nor did his wonderful therapist. We all have days when we don’t feel much like exercising or eating healthy. Of course, it would be easier to give up, though don’t you always feel better when you reach your goal? That’s why I encourage you to identify and acknowledge out loud what inspires you to keep going. If we pinpoint our source of inspiration, we find strength in both mind and body to keep going and to reach our goals. In some cases, inspiration may come from respect for another human being, whether alive or not, it is likely someone who made an imprint on your life. Ironically, you may even find inspiration in a story about someone you never even met because their story touches you in a way that inspires you to stay the course. Inspiration works like a sixth sense that keeps us going. Don’t be surprised if you have more than one person who inspires you at different times in your life. Embrace this change and reach for who or what might inspire you today in the present moment based on current circumstances. In closing, I’d like to share a quote that a fellow runner used to inspire me years ago. Try saying this phrase to yourself when seeking inspiration to exercise or eat healthy, “Always glad I did, sorry I didn’t.”