Challenging Times Means Deeper Listening

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” - Leo Tolstoy


“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Our world seems upside down these days as we battle a pandemic and confront police brutality and systemic racism! I am positive that Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi would not be in favor of any violent protest, but both would instead be in favor of peaceful-nonviolent protest. Especially as frustrations rise and people confront each other over these issues, we need to remind ourselves that everyone living a life is having an experience, and we must be careful to listen to every voice. We must practice compassion for those who feel they have been wronged. It seems an obvious insight but when we are angry or caught up in an emotional moment, we can often times lose our ability to have a broader perspective. Anger tends to make anyone buckle down and defend their own ideas and perspectives harder often times disallowing the other side from expressing their point of view. Right now one of our enemies is NOT LISTENING to one another. I hope we can try to listen more deeply to the pain of our fellow citizens and neighbors. I hope that we can act with a deeper sense of compassion as we enter these social dialogues. And I hope that we don’t lose sight of the goals we are all trying to move towards. We don’t want just peace, we want a particular kind of peace. We want a kind of peace that has fairness for everyone. We are love. We are joy. We are all so very good.  

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.