“Words, words and more words”

"So difficult it is to show the various meanings and imperfections of words when we have nothing else but words to do it with." - John Locke

I spoke with my mother last night. I speak to her more often these days because I am filled with a sense of gratitude for what I feel she has given me in my life and I deeply enjoy my mother’s perspectives. It struck me hard last night just how thankful I am for having such a wonderful mother. My life has had difficulties but it also has an abundance of love, warmth and goodness in it always. 

I could have had a mother who cared more about herself than the safety of her twin boys. I could have had a mother who didn’t believe I could be something more than I am. I could have had a mother who didn’t create safety and love in the home that I grew up in. And I could have had a mother that simply didn’t put her heart and soul into keeping me and my twin brother safe, secure and loved. This is the mother I have! 

My mother loves me this I know! My mother honors me. My mother holds space for my ideas and my own sense of this world. Even when she disagrees. And my mother sees me for who I am truly. I can always be me with my mom. And that makes me feel good about me. I always end our conversations with “mom I love you and I am so thankful that you are my mom. You did the best job ever!” 

I have a sense of awe about the wonderful nature of my life. And I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude and responsibility to share what I know because of it. What I know is this… 

I am filled with the energy of love and my life has produced a tremendous amount of joy and it is my honor to share this with anyone that I come across. This is why I write and this is why I share some of the most intimate parts of my heart with everyone here. I am not embarrassed to feel what I do. And I am not ashamed of what I am. 

I am love. I am joy. I am so very good and so are each one of you truly!

(Picture: My mother’s high school graduation picture)


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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.