The Power of Commitment
When a personal circumstance like surgery or illness, or of course a world-wide pandemic, shake us from our daily lives, it forces us to realize the things we have inadvertently been taking for granted.
We have likely all experienced things before COVID-19 that have forced us to slam on the brakes when we were cruising along at full speed. It could have been finding out bad news about a loved one or friend, an unexpected injury or illness, a beloved pet dying, or getting stranded on an island with nothing but a blood stained volleyball.
We can feel like we're making so much progress and then BAM, the universe has other plans. Reality checks, we like to call them.
Does anyone feel like this is a sort of reality check on humanity?
Back in June of 2019, Lili had a much needed, not-for-sissies surgery that allowed her to fully reclaim her health. Since we had first started training together two and a half years ago, she had been dealing with a grapefruit sized mass of tissue in her abdomen endearingly referred to as "Fugly".
Many of her movement patterns had been altered to compensate for Fugly, and we had to modify certain things because it caused her too much discomfort.
Post-surgery, Lili had to wait 6 weeks to recover enough to start progressing back into the things we could normally do in workouts, and once she was able to, it was like she had been reborn. Possessed almost, by this unrelenting will to achieve things that a few months ago, had seemed impossible.
We only have right here, right now.
But she would have never achieved these things had she not committed to herself. Committed to persevering through all the internal things telling her to quit. That it was too hard.
Now here we are, sitting in the midst of something that is causing so many people pain and suffering, but we can still find things that keep us present. That keep us whole in mind and body. Because gratitude goes along ways, and there are still so many things to be thankful for.