We must define ourselves by the best that is in us, not the worst that has been done to us.”
~Edward Lewis,publisher at Essence Magazine
The last few days have been extremely revealing to me. I have always been one who would self-reflect and self-correct. Self-development may mean many things to others, but to me it is simply GROWTH. As I age and mature, I realize that my growth is dependant upon how I choose to handle experiences: good and bad. Since I desire to CREATE AN AMAZING LIFE, I am open to many different experiences and what I call the ‘pain to gain expressway’.
On Monday, I was on the eliptical in the gym listening to music with my Skullcandy headphones on. I was feeling good. As each song played, I sped up or slowed down to the beat of the music. My personal playlist became my guide. I closed my eyes and I was in a club on the dance floor all alone. It was an amazing experience. I am such a visionary that everything I do and experience is played out mentally on a ‘big screen’ in my mind. It was so much fun!
I danced and danced for 40 minutes on that machine.
Stay down – Mary J Blige ~ Until You come Back to Me – Aretha Franklin ~ I Wanna Be Down, What About Us, Full Moon, Have You Ever – Brandy ~ I’ll Be There, I Still Believe – Mariah Carey ~ and so on…
At the end of that workout, I had a revelation. Although I was winded, and looked like a sweaty wet freak, I was happy that I was able to morph the experience into something enjoyable and persevere. I got it – total clarity! Now, I know what to do and how to overcome that aspect of my workout. It just keeps getting better as I allow myself to be free and embrace this aspect of transforming my self.
How do you take yourself to the next level during difficult times? How does your past define you now? Any revelations?