Monday morning inspiration: Use obstacles to find a new path

Setback or opportunity? An inspirational poster with a pair of broken swim goggles and text.

Setbacks on the road to your goal can reveal new alternatives!

I was just about to jump in the pool at the gym yesterday, when my goggle strap broke as I was putting them on. Attempting to improvise a knotted repair of the strap, I accidentally ripped the gasket on one lens. My swim was forcibly cancelled for the day. What a disappointment!

I pouted while taking a shower in the grotty locker room, but was determined to make something of the day anyhow. So I got 2 hems made on the curtain liners for a home decoration project I’ve got going, and mopped the entryway floor so I can lay out large sheets of curtain fabric for pinning today.

This last month has been challenging for me physically. My fitness routine has been disrupted by a shoulder and a knee injury that make swimming and hiking difficult. It’s been hard work to adjust mentally to this, and to accept that my body needs to recuperate.

The best way to combat the frustration that comes from being stymied in one area is to direct that time and energy to another important goal. For me, taking time off from swimming has opened up more time in the studio.

How do you deal with setbacks towards your goals? Do you focus on another commitment? Or do you adapt the goal to your new circumstances?

Monday morning inspiration: What motivates you to change?

Handlettered motivational text, "Change from a place of love."

Change from a place of love!

What is the driver behind your motivation when you decide to break old habits, or seek out a challenging goal?

Are you on a diet because you love your body and want to take care of it, or because you hate the way you look and feel?

Do you want to quit smoking because you deserve to breathe free and easy, or because you’re ashamed to stand outside your office looking like a juvenile delinquent puffing a butt before homeroom?

We usually make lifestyle changes because we are dissatisfied with the status quo. All too often, that also means we are unhappy with ourselves, too.

What if we decided to change because we loved ourselves? What if we took on challenges because we knew that we deserved better than the situation we’re in?

Saturday morning I woke up with the phrase, “Changing from a place of love” running through my mind. Maybe it was just seeing Friday’s Dr. Oz show featuring LaKeisha Shurn, and her inspiring decision to improve her life by improving her fitness for 100 days.

But I just had the very strong feeling that lasting improvement cannot come from self-disgust, it has to come from the desire to embody our better nature, to cherish and protect our own being.