Wednesday, March 14, 2007

To All Who Choose To Change

In the spirit of fad free month, I would like to quote this post I read a few months ago on diet-blog:

An Open Letter To All Who Choose To Change

A previous post made a call for other diet and health bloggers to come forward. Already the growing list of blogs is fascinating - and leads me to write this "open letter" to anyone who is trying to change themselves.
A perusal through some of the more personal weblogs and journals is both sobering and enlightening. These public narratives represent a microcosm of all those who are trying to change. The various triumphs and heartaches demonstrate the depth of character that is needed to make life-long changes.

To Whomever is Reading,

When it comes to weight loss - or any other kind of physical transformation - there are two kinds of people:

  • Those who will try any number of quick-fixes - always looking for a new answer
  • Those who have come to realize that their efforts to change will require transformation in every facet of themselves - not just their external physique.

If you are committed to change - then you must reach deep inside yourself. You will face disappointment, frustration, and confusion. The decision to get up and keep going will test your depth of character - demanding that you become a better person - both inside and out.

The modern attitude to life is all about minimal input and yet expecting maximum gratification. This mindset is apparent in our relationships with others and in our relationship with ourselves. We expect an easy road - but life wouldn't be so difficult if we didn't expect it to be so easy.

Through the Looking Glass

Sometimes I feel voyeuristic looking over personal blogs - it's like peeking into someones private struggles. I come away feeling many things: sobered, inspired, amazed, and amused.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with the world. You have made a commitment to change that will demand more than just manipulating macro-nutrient ratios or sweating on a treadmill.

Many people are happy to settle for bland mediocrity. But that's not you - you have made a decision to reach higher and to push further. I congratulate you for that. You will become better for it - both inside and out.

The world is sorely in need of you - because better people make a better world.

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