Photo courtesy of IMDB.com
Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.
You've heard me say a million times, I'm sure, that while we don't have control over everything in our lives - that life happens - we do have 100% control of everything that enters our mouths. Whether you're plagued by injury, disease or illness, you can control what you eat, what you drink. While you can't out-train a bad diet, you can transform your body and health through diet alone.
That said, it's not all about weight loss or maintenance, is it? When life goes to hell in a handbasket, it's not just workouts and food prep that suffer. You all know many of the challenges I and my family have faced. This week, we recognize the 1st birthday of a beloved child and while we celebrate her life, we grieve her, too. It's a difficult time for us, and I have no control over the emotions sweeping through my family. I'm also still dealing with my injured and diseased body - and the limitations it's placing on me. My goals are at risk - this is a challenge I don't have control over. There are many others, and I do my best to take them in stride - to do what I can, to be loving, supportive, encouraging, encouraged, hopeful and optimistic.
But what Ms. Jolie said - about the challenges that shouldn't scare us, made me think. What scares me? What am I allowing myself to be frightened by, crippled by, that I can actually take control of? It's a sobering query. I've got some soul searching to do.
How about you?