ALL ABOUT HEART HEALTH
What’s the most important muscle?
The heart. (Ok, it’s a trick question. The heart is a muscular organ.)
And you can train it to love. But isn’t love involuntary? It’s a feeling! It’s a state of mind! It’s a sickness! It’s a gift!…
Sidenote: This isn’t just a blog about love and it isn’t just a blog about training. Just keep reading…
Sure, you can feel love. But love isn’t simply an emotion. It’s much more than that and can be much truer than that.
The truest love is a choice.
If something is a choice, it can be an easy choice or a hard choice, but regardless, it requires action and practice. Practice, because if love is a choice, it can become habit but for it to become habit, you have to continue to choose it over and over and over again (practice) until it’s not a choice that requires effort in an of itself. Other things and situations may come up that challenge your commitment to that choice, but as long as you’re actively choosing love daily, the challenges, no matter how difficult they may seem or how much they cost you, will never be too much.
I’ve really been working on carving out quiet time for reading and prayer first thing in the morning (yes, even before checking social media) before the day starts, and absolutely before my workout. It wasn’t easy and it’s still a flawed system (flawed human = flawed systems), but it’s getting easier and what I’m learning is so beyond worth the struggle!
That’s the beauty of discipline. Once you create the habit, it may look effortless to every one else, but you know the work you put in, and how many times you’ve ‘failed’ along the way. Because you know the process, you can stop comparing yourself to those doing things “effortlessly”. They’ve just been through the process already and they see some of the things you do as “effortless” but are a struggle to them. So get some perspective. Give yourself and everyone else some slack. And keep on keeping on, pursuing not perfection, but improvement, with grace.
Have you ever admired someone so much that you find yourself imitating them in action or how you talk?
I’m working on the discipline of “carving out quality time with God” first, before anything or anyone else – at the end of life (and we will all be there one day) my relationship with the One who made me is the only thing that matters. Next in importance is how I treated others. The irony here is that in spending more time with Him first, I only admire Him more. The more I admire Him, the more I imitate Him, the more His love transforms me from the inside out, the more I treat people like He would treat them; love them the way He loves them. I realize only God (who’s perfect) will ever love any one completely unconditionally and sacrificially (Jesus proves that), but, the more I work on my “heart training” (the more I am transformed) the more I am enabled to love like him…even if just a little bit more (I couldn’t do it without Him). And that is what makes all the difference.
I’m not trying to preach. I’m simply speaking from experience and I’m just using my faith journey as an example, because all ‘discipline’ aside, it is God who has truly transformed my heart and it’s changed how I see and treat people, how I go about my business, and what I place value in.
All that said, the simplified point is this: you become like who and what you spend the most time with, and you get “better” at whatever you spend the most time doing, whether that’s honorable or dishonorable. “Little by little, a little becomes a lot.” – unknown
So I urge you to take a look at your life now, and take the time to think about what’s really important to you, and where you want to be 1, 5, 10, 30 years from now, what kind of person you want to be, what you want to be remembered for. If who you are now doesn’t line up with the future version of you, you have some decisions to make. They don’t have to be giant changes, but make a little change today and keep the bigger picture in mind. It’s so easy to get lost in the business only to wake up one morning 30 years from now to realize nothing has changed because you haven’t.
The reality is, we aren’t guaranteed to live another 30 years anyway. I don’t say this to scare you, but as a wake up call of sorts. The bigger picture needs to be realized now, and remembered every day. Life is shorter than our lifestyles suggest. It’s time to get up, and #CauseFitness!
This is fitness in every aspect of life. It’s fitness for effect. And it’s so much more than physical.™
Love you all!
In health and God bless,