Today I walked up to massage school to find two of my fellow students smoking outside. I said hi and we chatted for a while before we went up to class. My first thought is “what the heck are you going to help anyone with massage when you can’t even figure out how to quit smoking?” Well, if it was that easy, everyone would be doing it. Maybe today is their last day of smoking? Who knows where they are in the journey towards being healthy and happy. These things take time…
Tomorrow, Susan is going to teach her Living with Vision class (some of you have taken it) to some young women who are at risk of spending some real time in jail. I am so proud of her because at first, she did this class once a year, then it was twice a year, now it has been two times this last week. In a few years, it will be just one of the coaching classes she teaches each week. It is her vision to teach coaching classes and I have no doubt she will execute on that vision.
I know we would love to be able to bust out muscle-ups or push-ups or a body weight snatch. Or lose 30 lbs for a wedding or vacation. Sometimes, if you work hard on something, you can achieve a goal in a few months, sometimes it takes years to make a change. And sometimes, all you can do is manage the symptoms.
Anything worth doing will take time, how much, I don’t know, as long as it takes I guess. Keep doing what you really want to do, what you’ve always dreamed of doing, because one day, after a while, maybe a long while, it might just happen just like you planned.
If I could “like” this blog post I totally would. This is really hitting home with me right now. Not just career-wise but my approach to life in general. I have no doubt Susan is making life-changing impacts on these girls lives.
The majority of this post was based on my massage school class today. My instructor was dropping knowledge bombs today like crazy. It’s funny when you listen to something over and over, but one day you really hear what is being said.
Well, I have never been very patient — just ask my Mom. It really, really is true that one of the most important things you can do for yourself is have that vision… the one that you are so sure is you at your most perfect self, doing and being your very best at what you love. Knowing this, in itself, can take quite a bit of discovery… but once you have the vision, you just keep taking steps to get closer to it. Working with teen-agers on this sort of thing is interesting, for sure. I am blessed to be able to work with them… and I hope that they can each discover their true potential and that they have choice in the matter of their own lives.