Today I am thankful for the barbell. As much as I hate it, there’s something so cathartic about pushing that cold hard steel around. For this morning’s workout, I muscled through a ladder of power snatches. Don’t know what that is? Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h4r8tWGAKM
I knew after round 2 it was going to suck, but I’m so glad I pushed through. Once you have stared down a bar and conquered it, the world has to push you just a little bit harder and you can push it right back. The challenge is what brings out my light for the day. We all need something in our lives to challenge our notions of “I can’t” and help us realize we’re capable of more than we know. I urge you to think about what pushes you in your life, and take a moment of gratitude for the lessons it has taught you.
I'll leave you today with one of my favorite quotes. Ask yourself, what is YOUR light...
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech