A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step………..
I was tired of feeling sick and tired, so this past July, I decided to make a change.
Change is never easy, even if the change is healthy and good. Often times, those outward changes we make are not nearly as defining as the inward ones.
I have a thyroid autoimmune disease, and gluten sensitivity. I was diagnosed with the former, in my early teens, the latter, several months ago. I was feeling really sorry for myself. I knew I hadn’t felt well for some time, but knowing I was going to have to “give up” favorite foods and begin to consciously read labels left me feeling down. It didn’t seem fair.
Although I would consider myself fairly active, I knew I needed to exercise more. Strength and flexibility grow increasingly important as I grow older.
More than changing my eating habits and exercising more, I have changed my attitude. Since, I’ve been thinking more about my attitude lately, this quote I came across from Charles Swindoll seems apropos. I might commit this to memory.
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church….a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.” –Charles R. Swindoll