Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Did I Win?
When I first saw this, I thought about how to tie this message to most of us and our weight loss efforts. The answer to the question might be - "duh".
This horse has all the first place ribbons all over him and has to ask the question, "Did I win?".
Do we have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Yes. We can win because we are alive, we are free, and if we want to pursue a healthy weight, what's stopping us? Do we know what to do and how to do it?Yes. We have known that for years. In order to win that race this horse had to consistently run, get out of the starting gate effectively, and was not able to run a while, then trot, then walk or stop before beginning to run again. This horse did spend a lot of time practicing and I'm sure had a very strictly controlled diet in order to run with all the energy necessary to win. These horses even wear blinders so as not to be distracted by other horses or the audience. This horse didn't even know when to stop until the jockey let it be known; he was running flat out and crossed the finish lane and got all these ribbons.
Now that this horse has run the race and won it, will it be fed junk and allowed to be lethargic? I doubt it. It wouldn't be able to compete in any more races that way.
Something or somebody has to open that gate so the horse can get started. I wonder how many gates I have opened only to take for granted the race that I was undertaking and never got to the finish line. I have even reached my goal weight twice, had the ribbons, and then threw them away - I didn't realize I had won. I forgot or took it for granted and turned around and retraced my steps back to the starting gate and had all that weight to carry through the race once more.
How is your race going? Even the other horses in the race cross the finish line. They also ran the entire time. Their race was perfect in its own way. I don't care so much about the first place ribbon as I care about a consistent race that has me crossing the finish line one last time.
I'll either catch up with you or wait for you waving my arms and welcoming you to the winner's circle with me. Don't make me have to come get you :-)