Hi. I hope Monday was kind to you. My day was good. I trained clients at 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. and then came home and took a little nap on the couch for 45 minutes. I got up around 8:30 and made a green smoothie and got to work on finishing up a the edits/feedback on the first draft of my book in layout.
I can’t believe what a process this has been. We started on it last December! I can’t wait for it to become a reality…April 2015!!!
I went into the office for a bit to work on some stories and then came home to meet my contractor for a few more kitchen items. The progress is so exciting. I worked from home for the rest of the day before hitting the gym to workout and then teach CrossFit and Circuit Training. Sullie and I took a long walk when I got home.
So remember how I took that yoga class at the Ritz last week? Well, one of the quotes that my friend shared during class was “Don’t compare your inside to someone else’s outside.”
I can’t stop thinking about this quote and my mom and I had a long talk about it on Saturday night. The way it resonates with me is in our whole culture of “Hi, how are you? Great. Good! Me too!” and all of the social media craziness of “Look how happy I am. Things are perfect.” (No mention that you may be dealing with a sick family member, financial issues that leave you wondering if you can pay the mortgage, a kid that is not doing well in school, etc.) In truth, we are all up and down. Things are never perfect all the time but we compare our insides to what others are projecting on the outside as perfect and all good.
When I teach yoga one of the constant messages in my classes is that you are safe here. You are allowed to feel whatever it is you are feeling. Come to your mat with it and work it out. If you feel up, send your energy out. If you feel down, soak up the energy that is being sent to you…knowing it will all come full circle and we are all there to lift each other up and support each other.
How did it become such a stigma for things to be not okay? On this blog I get faulted for being up and not talking about down. But when I talk about down, I get criticized as well. So do we want to pretend that things are always good or do we want to recognize that we all struggle at some point and support that? Because ultimately, when we struggle, we grow. And in supporting it doesn’t mean that you have to spill you guts to every person that you encounter but it is okay to just not be okay all the time.
I posted this quote on Instagram and was actually interested to receive some feedback that this resonates with some from a body image/awareness angle. I just think this quote is so encompassing in general.
Tell me how this quote resonates with you.