Weight lifting is simply adding additional resistance to the natural gravitational force that’s already in place on your body. That resistance is what challenges the body to fire up more motor units within the muscles, which in turn increases metabolic demands by the body providing you with more energy.
With the right amount of resistance and enough repetitions over time, we’re able to see positive changes and increase our strength. The weights start feeling lighter and resistance doesn’t feel as hard.
Life is very similar in that sense that when we’re faced with challenges (aka: resistance), we have a choice to solve that challenge or we can simply let the challenges dictate how we live our lives, often times setting us back into a life of victimization and blaming others for what happens to us.
When given the choice, humans are wired to take the path of least resistance. It’s in our DNA. Why climb over the mountain when you could float down the river that goes around the mountain?
Or in more modern times, why go for a walk to the store when I can drive the car while sitting on my comfy leather seat? Pretty soon, you won’t even have to worry about the driving as the car itself will be doing that!
What if struggles, hardships and periods of sadness were placed there for a reason?
What if they were there in order for us to pause, reflect and fuel the soul?
What if they were there to challenge us and strengthen us before we take the next step in our journey?
I believe that throughout our existence, we goes through many phases, which can be thought of as seasons. They work in conjunction to create the flow of life.
Oftentimes, phases of hardship and struggles gifts us with the opportunity to discover inner resources that we may not have been aware that we possessed. It’s not until we face a major challenge in our life, that we find our hidden strengths and resilience.
Think about it? When everything is peachy, there is not much need for resilience. It’s in life’s most chaotic moments that we find the tools to help us rise up to the occasion. And the experience itself may be a stepping stone to our next phase of life.
Before Abraham Lincoln became president, he had endure some of the biggest setbacks any human can endure.
His mother died at age 9. His sister died at age 19. Two of his sons died at ages 3 and 12. His fiance died shortly before their wedding. He failed in many businesses. Went bankrupt. He had a nervous breakdown on the brink of suicide and was 6 months bedridden.
He lost state legislation more than once before finally becoming the 16th President of the United States in 1861. From there, he helped change America for the better and left a legacy that will be talked about for generations to come.
Talk about rising in the face of challenges.
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” - Marcus Aurelius, Stoic philosopher and Roman Emperor.
Being sad and being disappointment is ok. Even having no direction in life is ok. Take the time to be still and reflect. Try not to feed unhealthy thoughts in your mind, because they are not necessarily facts. Just like you can become a glutton by overfeeding the body, you can also poison the mind by ruminating negative scenarios and situations that are not necessarily true.
What in your life is causing a setback? Have you stopped to reflect or are you constantly trying to solve it?
Resistance and challenges are opportunities in your life. Its an enrichment period that can equip you with the right tools for the next phase of life. Embrace it and use it to your advantage to create a life of meaning that’s in line with your deepest values.
Committed to your health,