The Journey we take

“Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless.” - Maxime Lagacé

Should some things in our life be easy? Or should value come to us at a higher price? The things we value so much like love, family and a wonderful life; what price should they cost our lives? Or should life just deliver to us all the things that we want when we want them? Our success, our relationships that we deeply treasure and all those things we covet so much in life are their value to us dependent upon the price we pay for them.

The truth is, we attach all the value internally to everything in our lives. A single leaf from a tree can be a valuable as gold if we decided it to be for us. But we don’t like to move outside the consensus of our tribe. We seem to all want to agree on what has value and what doesn’t. 

I do not subscribe to this way of ascribing value to my life and all the elements within it. What is most valuable to me are my feelings. How I feel each day about any subject is mine to decide and mine to cultivate. And sometimes what I have decided to see as wonderful, beautiful and valuable is only that for me. And that is ok. 

I use the tools that I have at my disposal. My mind, my challenges, my pain, my sadness, my intellect, my experiences, my understanding, my joy, my goodness and yes my love are all the tools to which I get to figure out how to look at my life. I am the grand designer of my world. 

Each day I wake up and I decide what I want to feel that today. Then I let go and I let the tools that I have aid me in my daily walk. Some days are easy and some days take more from me, but no matter what I always find what I am looking for. Because we always find what we are truly looking for. 

I know that if I am brave enough to look for what I want, without fear of not finding it, then I will always stumble my way onto a path that honors me with what I have asked for. And all I ever really ask for is to feel who I really am. I am love. I am joy. I am so very good. 

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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.