It Is Just Not Enough to Be the Change

We all want the world to change. While our lives may be running relatively smooth as compared to our neighbour, the world around us is spinning out of control. We feel powerless in our attempts to change the world, even if we have successfully changed ourselves to be a better person.

Why is nobody noticing?

They are.

And they are trying to change too.

You are not listening. You are not watching. You are not celebrating.

A year and a half ago I was afforded a tremendous opportunity to be a trainer at a local fitness centre and I took it. While I do get paid to motivate classes and help others achieve their fitness goals, I saw it as a different opportunity above a paycheck: to help move the needle.

In my world, I see a younger generation who may have shorter lifespans than the one before it. Sedentary lifestyles and the overconsumption of “plastic” foods are leading many young people to become over-weight before they reach middle school. Cardiovascular diseases and cancer are the leading causes of premature deaths, and most of these cases are preventable, very preventable.

In my world, I also see so many people with some form of mental illness. Early onset dementia, elevated levels of anxiety and depression, not to mention the hyperactive disorders and unwarranted stress. So many bright and young brains are breaking down at alarming rates.

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Yes, my world is spinning out of control.

To change my life, I have adopted a healthier lifestyle in recent years as I have gravitated towards fitness as my way of fixing and maintaining my health. It didn’t take me long to prioritize healthy eating to supplement my fitness and ultimately my overall health. While I was working hard on taking better care of myself, why wasn’t the rest of the world taking notice? Why was nobody else jumping on this lifestyle bandwagon to a long and healthy life? Was I the crazy one?

No.

I was the ignorant one.

With my trainer role at 3rd Degree Training, I get to celebrate those who are trying. Trying to better their health and be better people one class at a time. I get front row seats to witnessing people grow strong and bright! What better job could I possibly have?

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One of the greatest life lessons that I have learned is that if we want to see more change in our world, it is not just enough to be that change. While the world may take notice of our individual progress, people will not act until we are willing to celebrate our change together.

What do you want to see more of?

 


WHO CREATED THIS QUOTE?

Thomas J. Peters – is an American writer on business management practices, best known for In Search of Excellence (co-authored with Robert H. Waterman Jr).

Retirement Is Not the End Game

Are you prepared for retirement?

No? Is saving for -or lack thereof- stressing you out?

Yes? Are you coasting to it?

countdown_to_retirementSo many of my peers are in a different state of retirement plans. Some, have no means to save for retirement and are dreading working their same jobs for the rest of their life. Other friends of mine are comfortably waiting out the years until they can “hang them up” for good and retire.

What is the point of retirement?

“Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

While I do save some money for retirement, I know I am not saving nearly enough. Does that stress me out? It did once upon a time. I was also stressed out when I saw my savings take a big hit when the markets decided to correct themselves a few years ago. This constant state of anxiety proved to me that retirement is just not for me. I will continue to save something for the future, I am going to put more emphasis on the present.

That isn’t very mature of me!?

But it is.

I have no plans to retire, at least not in the typical sense. My ideal retirement will be working full time somewhere that I align myself with, doing work that fulfills me, being present. The thought of staring at the four walls in my house and waiting for my impending doom just doesn’t appeal to me. Even the idea of having downtime at home and resting between vacations doesn’t rev my engine.

I just want to be present, and the only way I believe in doing that is to contribute to something. I will work until I am dead. That may sound dreaded, but my definition of work is not shared by most. I love to work, I always have. That being said, I understand my body will age and my productivity level may go down, so I must buy myself time by taking care of my body.

work retirementSo, what is my retirement plan? I sock away a few bucks so I can take a few more vacations when I get a little older or buy a nice car. My most significant investment is in my body. I currently invest a lot of my time and money into working out and eating well so that my greatest resource when I become retirement age will be me. What good is retirement if you have all the cash in the world, but a deteriorating body that won’t let you spend it?

I won’t work myself to death, I will simply work until death. There is a difference.

What are you retiring to?


Who created this quote?

Harry Emerson Fosdick was an American pastor. Fosdick became a central figure in the “Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy” within American Protestantism in the 1920s and 1930s and was one of the most prominent liberal ministers of the early 20th century. Although a Baptist, he was called to serve as pastor, in New York City, at First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan’s West Village, and then at the historic, inter-denominational Riverside Church in Morningside Heights, Manhattan.