You’ve always had the power…
Earlier this week as happens often lately a co-worker stops me while walking down the hall and inevitably asks “Alright, what’s your secret?”. This question always gets a chuckle out of me mostly because I’ve never pictured myself as an example of healthy living, but also because we all know that it’s about hard work and dedication.
I remember a time when I sought the proverbial secret and all I found was a long chain of disappointments along the way. I was listening to an interview this week and in the course of the conversation the guest made a reference to the Wizard of Oz that resonated with me. Granted when he was using it he was making fun of project management certifications but none the less it made me reflect on my weight loss journey.
When I started this whole thing I was making use of the LoseIt app and after setting up my account the application said that I would reach my weight loss goal in 587 days. That number was so overwhelming to me it seemed like an Everest sized mountain. I remember confiding with my best friend and she didn’t blink and said “You’ve got this I believe in you”. Her faith in me gave me the initial push I needed to get going because I lacked faith in myself.
Just like Dorothy I found a way to surround myself with people that would give me courage, love and wisdom. I’m grateful for this welcoming community that we have.
Today is day 512 and I’ve learned much along the way but the most rewarding lesson is that I always had the power I just needed to learn it for myself but not by myself.
Dorothy: Oh, will you help me? Can you help me?
Glinda: You don’t need to be helped any longer. You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas.
Dorothy: I have?
Scarecrow: Then why didn’t you tell her before?
Glinda: Because she wouldn’t have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.