Todays little growth sprouts include:
As I write this, my client and his son are facing the east wall of my gym, and while I cannot hear exactly what they are saying, there is a beautiful hymnal melody floating through the doorway. I have many clients of the Christian and Muslim faith. All of them have a unique take on their beliefs, but the common denominator is I rarely hear them refer to it as "religion". It is faith, and with that faith comes dedication, discipline, and love.
People who bash other's beliefs in God/Allah do not last long in my gym. Nor do the people of faith who bash the agnostic or atheist. If I hear it, or see it online/text, I give them one warning. I believe in warnings because I want to give someone a chance to recognize their ignorance. If it happens again, I know it is not ignorance. Simply intolerance mixed with something sour in their hearts. And I have no room for that in my space.
When my clients pray my gym feels cleaner. Lighter. It means I have given my people a space where they feel safe, comfortable, and strong. Strong as an individual, and strong as a community. It also means there is a mutual respect among my clients and they can grow better as people.
In the end, it doesn't matter if you prescribe to the Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, or Jedi faith. As the great Kristoph said, "Swole is the goal. Size is the prize." I hope everyone applies this to their hearts and minds, as well.
May the force be with you.
We have to remember what's important in life. Friends. Waffles. Work. Or waffles, friends, and work. But work comes third."
Thank you to my loved ones, my clients who are also my friends, and to Leslie, for reminding me what is important.
This is the first day in a good week and a half that I have had a moment to let my mind rest and wander. Therefore, I will put my thoughts down on digital "paper" and let my them roam free. By roam free what I really mean is I have a planned mini blog.
What do I mean by theme? Originally, I chose a word for the year. The word could symbolize one goal or a group of goals I was working towards in my life. For 2018 the word was "community". I feel throughout the course of the year I did a fairly good job creating a community where people felt welcomed, encouraged, and free to engage thoughts and ideas, as well as lift some weights and choke some friends.
What does 2019's theme look like?
My words are GROWTH and BALANCE.
FitPOWER grew much faster than I expected this past year, and instead of trying to contain all that it is and all that it could be, I opened the box and let it expand. Now I need to nurture my business without forgetting to nurture myself. This is balance. Balance on an entirely different spectrum for me. I understand in order for growth to happen I need to be open to bringing in as well as letting go. Not everyone will come with me or agree with my decisions, but again, I will find that balance. Thank you all for the journey so far, and cheers to 2019.
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