On Fridays I like to share experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant. I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.
A great reminder. I was at a wedding recently and the couple wrote their own vows. Both were wonderful and reminded me of something, little actions become important things. Repeated efforts, small gestures, acts of kindness, etc. all combine to make an enormous difference.
Your life operates in a similar fashion. Wherever you’d like to go in life, if you can start doing the small but important things on a regular basis, you’ll have a shot to get there. For example, if you’d like to get in better shape and you start making slight changes to what you eat and how you move, it will make a dramatic difference. The smallest efforts done repeatedly tend to create the biggest changes in the end.
Do I count calories? Several people asked me this recently. The answer is that I do not. I have been eating well for almost 30 years, and most of what I do has become like breathing to me. I eat about every 3-4 hours and have some type of protein at each meal. Some of these “meals” are more like snacks but it’s enough to keep my energy level up. My goal is to have these meals be comprised of foods with high nutritional content as much as possible.
Therefore, I am never worried about eating too much. The more active I am, the more calories my body craves, so I eat more as my body demands it. On the days where I am slightly less active, I tend to instinctively eat less. Once you get a good feel for what foods are best for you, the nutritional content of what you eat, activity levels, and more; it becomes extremely easy to know exactly what your body requires.
Something I believe. This week I had an interaction with someone that I have known for decades. This is someone who I am forced to deal with and unfortunately, they are often extremely mean. I don’t let it get it to me, and make sure that I only respond in a way that is levelheaded and kind. However, what stood out to me this time, was this person is the same now as they were decades ago. Nothing has changed, the script is no different.
Without exception, the people I admire most have an evolution to their lives and character. In other words, the person they are today is different (but better) than it was 5, 10, or 15 years ago. This type of growth can only come through experience, self-reflection, acknowledging mistakes, seeking out knowledge, and being honest with oneself. If someone is not evolving as a person, they are not paying attention to those areas. Conversely, putting in the work in these areas will produce lasting improvements. None of us are perfect but we are all capable of evolving into a better version of ourselves.
Something interesting. I’ve been attending the same church for the past 8 years and the main reason is the pastor. I enjoy the way he speaks about struggles, triumphs, challenges, and everything in between. He has grown the church from humble beginnings into something wonderful, and helped countless people along the way. Recently, I was told that some people that attend the church were “upset” because he bought a nice car. He’s almost sixty and his children are grown so while I was happy for him, many were apparently not. I found that ridiculous.
I think it’s wonderful to see people succeed and become rewarded. If you can’t root for the people that have helped you, who can you? When someone is secure in who they are, it is not difficult to cheer others on and want the best for them. There is plenty of success to go around, don’t be afraid to root for those around you to achieve it as well.
Some quotes I love.
“The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.” – Paulo Coelho
“A poor sailor blames the wind.” – John Miller
“There’s a difference between being informed and being consumed. Being informed makes you aware and alert of the situation. Being consumed will only steal your joy and peace. Be informed not consumed.” – Brandi MacDonald
“Done is better than perfect if perfect ain’t done.” – Eric Thomas
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