Finding Motivation In The Simple Things…
I think a lot of the time when we are in need of that BIG motivating factor we expect it to come in BIG things. Makes sense right?
Sometimes….. it does.
But sometimes……It can come in the small unusual…. and unexpected ways.
This post is about two of those unexpected ways.
The Power Of A Plain White Gym Towel
I was really down….. and teary… folding laundry one day a few months ago.
I had for quite a while been feeling… off.
Feeling like I was working out and trying really very hard but not getting any results.
Know that feeling?
If you lose 130 lbs. you get to a point where the body gets used to all those healthy eating habits and the fact that you’re working out everyday and it says
‘‘Hey, gym girl!, I’m not losing any more weight until I want too!” so sit down!
Or …..something to that effect.
So feeling down ….OK I was more than “teary” I was crying. I don’t cry often, but certain things can get to me…My Mom…My family, and my goal.
I stood there feeling sorry for myself but only for a few minutes because as I stood there weepy, and folding towel after towel, I realized I had been folding the same towel for what seemed like ………forever …
The PILES were getting large and becoming….numerous but I had been thinking of my situation and didn’t notice what had been
unfolding in front of me…
(please forgive me I couldn’t resist) 🙂
- This was one…….. of 5 stacks…
That’s right …..5 stacks!
So what’s the big deal with a little white towel?
Okay..here……is the deal………
These were towels from my gym.
Yes, I accidentally” borrowed them. . I had been wrapping my gym clothes in them. I kept forgetting to take a plastic bag with me. Did you expect me to put them in my Nice clean gym bag?!.
In MY nice gym bag ?!?! No way bud.
I stopped crying for a minute to really take a look and , I realized something that floored me!…..
Each one of those towels stood for
a day, one day.
A day I went and fought.
Days when it was even difficult, feeling I was lost and not ever going to reach my goal.
I went anyway. I went and fought. I went and tried. I went and did not let the feeling of I was getting no where …stop me.
Each towel represented one of those days.
When that fact “hit” me, I stopped crying at that moment and started to feel better, then I started to smile!. I was in awe of my own…. tenacity. I’m tougher than I thought…
I looked for more and found myself folding another pile and another, and another and….
That’s right another!!.
The point is this:
I stood there feeling bad that nothing was going the way I want, that it was getting too hard to keep going feeling that way.
But look what I had ALREADY done. how many DAYS, WEEKS, MONTHS, I had ALREADY pushed through that tough feeling and did fight. I thought…
I…… can do this.
Inspired By A Named Tim
At my gym, there is a man . His name is Tim. I don’t really know him , only enough to say “Hi” and smile, maybe a “how are you?” but seeing Tim is another one of the little things that pushes me….. on those tough days when I am at the gym.
Tim is in a wheelchair. He broke his back in a swimming accident. My Brother Mike told me a few weeks ago when I told him seeing Tim pushes me to try ever harder..
Tim comes and works out.
How?, well, Tim, from his wheel chair uses the machines and pulls weights up and down with his arms from his sitting position. Depending on where I am in the gym and what my workout is that day, I can see him ….working out.
When I start to think I will stop and wrap it up, or it’s feeling tough to keep pushing, I sometimes look up or over and see Tim. Lifting the weights, pulling with one arm and with the other hand on top of it, pulling down to lift the weight…. and struggling to do it, sweating, trying so hard with so much intensity and looking usually worn out.
I am in awe.
I feel lucky and blessed to look up and be in the presence of such strength and
REAL tenacity .
You see, the little things, can keep you going and carry you through on those days when that BIG motivation you’re waiting for, searching for and might be expecting to come with streamers, a brass band confetti and fanfare…. seems to be MIA.
Just so you know, your BIG motivating moment may not come with that big brass band but quietly and even sneaky… as mine did… It was just there all of a suddren one day when I didn’t expect it…
In The Meantime
The little things…..Those silly towels and just seeing someone ELSE’S strentgh in a tough situation …Well they can carry pretty powerful inspiration and powerful motivational moments themselves that can reach you in even your toughest moments.
So don’t get worried or scared that BIG motivation hasn’t come yet.
Because it will.
The Wrap Up
While you are waiting be kind to yourself and try looking around at those you are close to, friends and family members and yes,
even perfect strangers..Try talking to others about how they make it through those tough days… and when looking around at other’s try looking closer….
Please don’t pass by the little things thinking they are meaningless or little.
You can’t pinpoint when that BIG motivation will come.
I didn’t think it EVER would.
God it can be so great …….to be wrong.
So look forward to that BIG motivational moment knowing it will be yours soon! If you don’t have it today. Chin up, it’s coming. Keep watch. Be ready to grab onto it with BOTH hands and make it yours!. Surround yourself with motivating, positive and happy people.
Always EXPECT the best to be coming into your life. Life will never be easy and happy everyday but invite happiness into your life and be open to it . I know that sounds silly.
Who isn’t open to being happy right ?
But some of us aren’t. We don’t see it and can’t believe it’s coming to us. So we get tired, bitter or even sometimes….
That’s when the” little things” find a way to show themselves and can change your vision of how things really are.
How they are can be…. not as over as you think but just maybe taking another path to you.. maybe a little longer path,
but it’s coming..So keep your eye out for your moment in time…..Nothing can take it.. It’s yours.
It always was..
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