Skimming through the current issue of Natural Muscle Magazine, a tank-top caught my attention. It accompanied a story written by a once anorexic dancer, gone healthy and fit. The t-shirt simply says “Strong is the new skinny.” I LOVE IT! I went to www.JNLClothing.com where there are other equally as wonderful tanks as well as t-shirts and hoodies. After doing a home study exam on eating disorders we all need to think health, fitness and strength over a number on the scale. 100% of anorexics developed the disorder while dieting.
In the same magazine I read a couple of great quotes about life. A 13 year old said ” I’ve learned if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up.” A 65 year old said “I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people and doing the best you can, happiness will find you.”
I am laughing thinking about attitude as I get ready to finish this blog and go walk bigred. There is a chihuahua who lives a few doors down. We often find him hanging out (off a leash) guarding his house and most of the block. As with most dogs his size, apparently no one has told him (or he simply doesn’t want to believe it) that he is the smallest dog on the block. He gives good self esteem all new meaning. While it sometimes makes me pretty crazy that he is out without a leash (or a parent) he always reminds me that attitude is everything.
And finally, because attitude definitely IS everything, I share this…Friday night my very young friend (5) Nate told his dad he was “going to show up tonight,” before heading out to his basketball game. Just to prove attitude is everything, he sure showed up, putting 22 points on the scoreboard. Way to go Natey, and way to show us if we think it, we can do it! Apple trees make apples. Natey’s mom, Jane, showed me the “vision board” she made for summer vacation. It is a visual reminder to accomplish the things she wants to do while on vacation from teaching this summer. There were beautiful visions on that board that involved her own peace and fitness but also included helping those less fortunate.
So let’s all get out there with a little more attitude today that we had yesterday. Set some goals and as my “adopted adult son,” Pete says, “let’s make sh*t happen.”