“Better to trip with the feet than with the tongue.” —Zeno
None of us likes the experience of feeling "negative" emotions.
Stress, uneasiness, unhappiness, disappointment, or downright fear - they all feel, well, BAD.
And honestly they are supposed to. In fact it might have been one of those emotions that drove you to start training with us here at Cr8 Fitness, eating better, and working on building good health habits. I know the driver when I started my own 100 pound weight loss journey was fear; that I wouldn't have the energy to play with my kids, that I was doomed to have high blood pressure and diabetes, that I was digging myself and early grave. Those feelings drove me to take action and do something about it.
And I see you doing the same thing - turning negative emotions into positive actions.
Many of us are going through a lot of negative emotions right now. The Coranavirus is causing many people anxiety, fear, depression and anger.
Can I encourage you not to play that game?
I am not being a Polyanna here. There are some real challenges we are facing, I am not blind to that. But don't let negative emotions linger. No good comes out of that. Respond, don't react.
I am self-aware enough to know this. If I am not careful, when I am stressed I can say unkind things to the people I love the most. And that's where that quote comes in. Harsh words don't have an "undo" button. There are going to be some irritating people doing some irritating things through all this. But that's no different than any other time, right?
Now is the time to practice an extra level of kindness. We need each other. I realize that now more than ever.
And I also know this - that Nancy and I are proud of you all, the amazing Cr8 Fitness family. The last couple weeks we have had to adjust and adapt the way we deliver our services. And you have adjusted and adapted with us. In fact you've done more than that - you have been an incredible encouragement along the way. It was a tiring week last week, I am not going to lie. But your support and pledge to continue to allow us to serve you in new and different ways is energizing. It makes us want to work even harder for you, so thank-you.
And Remember This: The reasons to commit to your healthy and fitness have come into even SHARPER focus over the last couple weeks.
The reason older adults are more at risk for COVID-19 has less to do with the number of years they have been on earth, and more to do with the fact they have not been fighting the good fight to stay active and healthy. Those who have sought to preserve and build muscle, eat nutritious foods, and maintain healthy immune systems are way ahead of the game. Now is not the time for any of us to stop fighting that good fight.
If there is good to come out of this, and there will be, I hope one of the "good" is that more people will purpose to take care of themselves better.
And practice more kindness.
Yes Dean Carlson, I am talking to you.
Make It Happen!
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