“The Little Engine That Could”

“Time does not pass, it continues” ― Marty Rubin

I have spent the better part of my almost 51 years of life trying to master my life. I have tried to figure out why I failed and why I have succeeded, why I feel what I do and how to cultivate more of what I want. Truly it is the pain and disappointments of my life that have taught me the most. 

I have faced my own mortality twice in my life. I have confronted face to face the deepest and darkest sides of myself. What have I learned? I have learned that my situations don’t define me. What I have doesn’t define me. Who I think I am and who everyone else thinks I am doesn’t define me and doesn’t even really matter. 

What does seem to matter is the emotional content of my days, my minutes, my seconds and my moments. How I feel each moment of my life defines me in that moment. I am ever-changing and always moving. And today I accept all of this certainty and uncertainty in my life experience. 

Time has a funny reflective effect on me as I pass through it. Time never stops, never tarries for long but always moves me forward, and always asks me to think. My life is just like “The Little Engine That Could.” “I think I can, I think I can…. I know I can, I know I can!” Yes! This life won’t stop for me, so I am holding on for this ride that I get to have. Thank you to my life. Thank you to me. I am wonderful.

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.