My son used to be a cub scout, that is their motto. I think it is what BFL is really about also...
All of us have different goals and different issues that keep us from reaching them, this program works no matter what those are as long as one is willing to do the best one can. It is about not giving up, becoming stronger all across the board and be able to deal with whatever life brings because you will simply keep trying to do your best.
It is not strength training, or cardio, or diet, while those are all aspects of the program I think the whole point of this challenge is exactly that, learning and training to deal with challenges for life.
Because, let's face it, life is one challenge after another and how we get through them largely affects our happiness and quality of life.
Just some thoughts, felt a need to share and/or discuss.
Those are some really good thoughts.
Those words ring truth.
"What you put in, is what you are going to get back."
As long as we keep trying our best, we are not failing.
That is what it seems to boil down to for me. Only we know for certain what our best is and it is not a number on a scale, or an amount of weight marked on a dumbbell, or a size tag on an article of clothing.
It is who we are, our character, and one thing I know is that it has (and is!) taking me a long time to become who I want to be. Of course, it might have been easier if I knew exactly what it was. The big part of the journey is figuring that part out, then making myself do it.
Deciding what I can compromise on, what is acceptable, what I am willing to settle for... that does not come into play when I truly do my best.
Some things still suck and can't be changed, but I am finding that when I do my best those things do not have to cancel out joy.
Except when your best is not good enough. That cancels joy pretty quickly.
It is the ugly truth, sometimes our best is not good enough. The idea is that as long as you keep trying then your best will get better, becoming more than good enough. In reality that is not always the case...
But it is better than the alternative. Not trying, or only half-heartedly trying certainly won't do anything. Other than letting us say "I tried but couldn't do it" and being able to have a pity party.
The true frustration is after giving your all and then some, knowing it was your absolute best with nothing saved for the trip back, you sometimes still can't do it.
There is a bitterness there not soothed by pity parties or plattitudes, only by time. I think it needs to be acknowledged. Not embraced or allowed to run rampant, but not swept under the rug either.
Only then can I say that I did not make it to the moon, but in reaching for it I am closer to the stars, perhaps I can make it next time. If I do not continue to try my best, there will never be a next time.
© Abbott Laboratories,2013