Finding motivation by punching out the pain of others
I shared these raw emotions on my Facebook page recently, and it spawned the beginning of a series, #30daysofintention, cataloging a journey of mental and physical change beyond myself. If I can add you to my prayer list, please send me a message: [email protected].
Current emotions: nervous, 😬 excited 🙂 and a little bit emotional 😥.
Yesterday I found out one of my hospitalized patients passed away. She wasn't even 25. That's just not okay. She, like anyone else, deserved a MUCH longer, happier life and motherhood.
When you work in healthcare, sometimes you get numb to how sad 😭 and beyond your control things can be. It's a survival mechanism--a really sucky, realistic one.
But I got to thinking about how we ALL have these modes where we numb our senses--not because it makes us happier, but because it seems easier for now.
It's as simple ignoring that important talk you need to have with a family member or letting your own desires for yourself slip silently to the back burner for the 11th month in a row, because you're too "busy" to take that time for yourself.
On Monday, I found out I had an opportunity to be in a test group for a new 30 day MMA (read: fight moves 👊) fitness and nutrition program. What does that mean? Well, it's on me to be the most accountable I've EVER been to practicing what I preach---consistent, nutritious whole foods and exercise that doesn't suck (too bad anyway).
And I'm seriously nervous AF . 😳 And thought about turning it down, because that would be WAY easier. I don't know know if I can do this! (I mean, it's so easy to cheat during the most tempting 🦃🌲season of the year and those damn artificially colored chocolate covered pretzels at work that give me a headache just keep 🗣SCREAMING MY NAME!)....
So....I HAVE to find something higher, something greater to keep showing up everyday. 🙏 So I decided my reason(s) will be YOU. You pain, your crosses, your struggles. 'Tis the season. 🎁
Everyday next month, I'm getting my rear 🙎🏻 up for one of you. I'll put your name in my alarm 📱 and hang it on my wall. 🗓 I'll pray for you when I wake, for the demons 👿 you're fighting and struggles your family is facing. And then I'll go downstairs, push play 📺 and punch the sh*% out of those problems for you. Every day for someone different. Because if I know, in my head, that I'm getting up 💤 and doing something for someone else, I'm much less likely to fail than if I'm only trying to be accountable for myself. 💯
-->So please, IF I CAN SET MY INTENTIONS TO PRAY 🙏 FOR YOU AND KICK THE CRAP 💩OUT OF YOUR TROUBLES one morning next month, send me a note and I'll put your name on my calendar. 🗓
(And if you feel inspired to do something for yourself and/or others, I'm allowed to invite 2 ✌️ others to join the test group with me through the end of the year. If that's full, I'll still be running a regular group to roll the punches with my peeps that also said they want to be prepared next time they meet someone scary in a dark alley. So no worries, I've got you covered if you want the best health you're ready to fight for 👊 this holiday season.)
Either way, please stop ignoring your struggles and yourself this season, just because it seems easier now. You CAN punch those problems in the face; you just have to believe that you can.
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