I appreciate everything

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” - Eckhart Tolle

This weekend is my birthday, I turn 51 years old on Saturday. On that day I get to judge the NPC/IFBB Mile High Classic in Denver! I am so happy that there is so much in my life that I appreciate like having the privilege to judge professional IFBB contests, coaching all of my wonderful athletes, but most of all, having a perspective that allows me to see all of the wonderful things in my life that I appreciate. 

I haven’t always held this perspective on my life. There was a time when I only celebrated when things went well for me. When I only felt joy when I experienced something joyful. And when I only felt love when someone else showered it upon me. Today, I can feel what I wish when I choose. 

Today I am no longer a person that merely reacts to my life, instead I am more conscious and intentional about what I feel and experience. My life is all about me cultivating a particular kind of experience that suits me. I enjoy feeling the deep connected feelings of love. And I love feeling the power of my joy. 

But I really love that I can appreciate not just these wonderful things but also the experiences that may not be so easy to enjoy. I appreciate that ex-wife is in my past, because only now after several years I can see clearly this was best for me. I appreciate that I was not physically perfect but that I had a long journey in bodybuilding. I appreciate that I am always on a journey that will lead me everywhere I want to go. I just don’t always get to determine when I arrive.

And I appreciate that I am love. I am joy. I am so very good always and forever. So are each one of you. Truly we all have everything we could want if we are brave enough to see beyond our reactions and trust in the entitlement of love and joy that we all can receive. 

*Picture: me in Thailand at an elephant reserve with my spirit animal

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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.