I know that my blog is supposed to be based on both mind and body components that will help you discover your journey of health and fitness. But for me, fitness goes deeper than that (the obvious- "JUST" mind and body). It is mind and body + more...I have always liked looking at the whole picture. Everything that surrounds me not just the obvious things or the visible ones, but the ones that are hidden or lost. I love to inspire and challenge people to discover or dig deeper than what is on the surface. For me, a person who has a complete understanding of "fitness" or who is "fit" is someone who is physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually sound. And even though we could have one of these traits or some, every day is a brand new day to discover more and become more "fit in life"...and that is what makes life so interesting.
Everything is practice and everything is learning. We never stop learning...never stop improving...never stop growing. No one will ever be completely "fit"...many may get close but I still believe it is and will always be a work in progress- A continuous and everlasting discovery that reveals both your strengths and weaknesses for your everyday understanding of your purpose in life. It is important to fully understand the life you live as a "fit" person and the life that exists all around you. I love to read and I love to read about things that touch deep within my heart....To me this is an experience or a moment that molds me and helps me to continue to learn about myself and about others. We are all connected and we ALWAYS have something to gain from the next person...never stop learning, never stop growing, never stop ANYTHING. So with all that said, I want to take the time to share this story that touches my heart deeply...a random act of kindness from one person that means the world and life to another person.
Mark was walking home from school one day when he noticed the boy ahead of him had tripped and all of the books he was carrying, along with two sweaters, a baseball bat, a glove and a small tape recorder. Mark knelt down and helped the boy pick up the scattered articles and helped carry some of the stuff since they were going the same way. As they walked, Marked discovered the boy's name was Bill, that he loved video games, baseball and history, and that he had just broken up with his girlfriend.
They got to Bill's house and Mark went inside to watch t.v., and continue talking about their lives. The afternoon passed by pleasantly with laughs and stories, which developed into a wonderful friendship. They continued to see each other around school, had lunch together once or twice, then both graduated junior high school. Ironically, they ended up at the same high school where they had brief contacts over the years. It was finally here...their senior year graduation. Wow!! How time flies.
Three weeks before graduation, Bill asked Mark if they could talk. Bill reminded him of the day many years ago when they had first met. "Did you ever wonder why I was carrying so many things home that day?" asked Bill. "You see, I cleaned out my locker that day because I didn't want to leave a mess for anyone else. I had my dad's gun under my bed and I was going to commit suicide. But after we spent some time together talking and laughing, I realized that if I had killed myself, I would have missed that time and so many others that might follow. So you see, Mark, when you picked up my books that day, you did a lot more. YOU SAVED ME LIFE."
Canfield, J. Hansen, M. Chicken Soup For The Soul. Pgs. 35-36.