“A person will be just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” - Abraham Lincoln

Today I am feeling so much better than yesterday. I still tore my pec a little, but it is ok. I am more than ok. I can’t help but reflect on this Lincoln quote. I used to say that happiness is a choice. I still say that today, but I usually speak about the importance of where my thought focus is. I know that this is close to what Lincoln had in mind. 

In my life, I experience so much good, bad and indifferent. I know that the key to my happiness lies in my own ability to intentionally focus on messages that are true to who I am. That are in alignment with me, my purpose and my intentions. When I choose these good messages I always feel wonderful. 

Yesterday, as I felt down I got a text from my daughter Kiana strait out of the blue. She must know when her daddy needed a lift up. 

She wrote: “I love you dad.” 

I responded “I love you sweetie. I needed to hear that, thank you.” 

She replied: “No thank you for being the best dad I could ever dream of.” 

I said “Awe you are the greatest daughter I could ever have!” 

“Are you sad today?” She asked. 

I replied “A little”

“Why” she asked

“I am getting old and my body doesn’t do what it used to.”

This is the part that got me, she replied: “Your body may not be as it used to, but that doesn’t change who you really are and that’s what mostly matters.” 

My daughter is eleven years old and just the fact that she knows the true importance of the superficial verses what is really important about a person makes me feel like I have done something right. It is so much of what I have been trying to teach her this last decade. I put a priority on it because I help people with how they look and I have never wanted her to think that this is what is really important in a person. What matters most is what is unseen within us. The real magic that we all have is that we can see beyond our senses to know each other. 

I am so grateful for my daughter. I am so grateful for my body and my ability in this life to feel all that I do. Even if some of what I feel is scary and hurts. I am ok with scary and hurting. I just know that I am so much more than just that. 

I am love. I am joy. I am so very good. And my daughter is better! 

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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.