Friday, July 1, 2011

Friday Quote Day

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
~ Epictetus

In going through my quote collection to find something for today's post, I was struck by how many of them have to do with success and failure.

I am hereby declaring myself okay, just the way I am. I have nothing to succeed at, nor nothing to fail at. I am, and that is enough.

Most of my Friday quotes are related to my lifelong quest to achieve and maintain a normal weight. I'm 60 years old, and I'm pretty sure it ain't gonna happen. If it does, that would be nice. Not great, not a "success," not the answer to my prayers.

Just nice.

I'm going to continue to walk and eat healthfully, because I feel good when I do. I hope to run again, someday, and I realize that my internal chatter – you're too fat to run – isn't helpful. In previous races I've participated in, there have been many people running who were larger than I am now. It's kind of sad that I know that; it means I was comparing myself to others, and that's something I shouldn't feel the need to do.

I'm tired of fighting with myself about this. Accepting what is feels right to me (today).

Of course, I reserve the right to change my mind at any time, later today or in the future.



D said...

apparently we're both working on being OK :)

Elizabeth said...

You're certainly not too old to learn a valuable lesson. There's a lot to be said for being over 60 == and it's not all bad!