Ups and downs

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” ― Henry David Thoreau

Today is a day that I feel sad and down. I don’t feel down often but when I do it always takes me by surprise. Today I feel like doing nothing by sitting alone and crying. It could be because I pulled my pec in the gym yesterday or it could just be loneliness. Either way it feels like nothing has flavor and nothing is exciting. 

So I dig into my rituals to help me. I meditate, I breathe deeply and I remind myself that this will pass as well. I can’t help but wonder what advice Henry David Thoreau might give me. What compensation would he tell me to look for? I think he would remind me to strive to live simply and with wisdom. 

I have tried my whole life to live a good, honest and joyful existence. I don’t complain about my condition in life. I don’t talk down to anyone and I offer understanding and respect to everyone that I meet and interact with. But this isn’t enough to be happy always. What I am focused on and what I think about will always take me to places good and sometimes bad. But I know that I am in control. I am driving my mind’s movements. 

So today may feel badly. But I will make it a good day. I will paint a smile on my face because I have so much to be happy for. Even though today it may be harder to feel my joy it is there for me if I am brave enough to continue to reach for it. So I reach. I reach. I continue to reach. 

I am love. I am joy. I am so very good. And so are each one of you.

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About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.