Everything is an Opportunity

We are motivated by the happy moments: successes, holidays, milestones, and fun.

But snafus, stress, struggles, and sadness are inevitable.

We all make mistakes. We all have stress. We all endure tough times.

We all know that.

The important thing is that we get through these moments gracefully. These trials happen so that we may learn from them and evolve as individuals.

Here’s how…

1. Let it out
Have an outlet. Release the stress. Cry if you need to. Whatever you do, don’t keep it in. If you bottle it, it will fester. And that’s not healthy.

2. Look at the positive
Think about what good might be lurking in a bad situation. Hold onto that and appreciate that things happen for a reason. Journeys are not meant to be easy – they are meant to be valuable. Find the nugget.

3. Learn from it
See how you can do it differently next time. See how you can grow from it.

4. Move forward
Don’t dwell. Take the time to grumble, yell, pout…whatever. And then look forward. Better moments await you.

And what is true in life, is often true in food. When you indulge a little, don’t let that be the slippery slope that derails you from your efforts. Make your next choice a healthy one and get right back on track.

Mistakes, misfortunes, and misunderstandings are a part of life. Missed opportunities shouldn’t be.

And finally, as today is September 11, we all take time to remember the heroes, the lost lives, and the unbelievable shock and sadness that reverberated through this country 11 years ago…and for a long time after. I give special thought to Deora Bodley, who was on Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, PA. I knew her in high school – we ran track together. I feel such sadness for her shortened life, but today, I have someone’s birthday to celebrate, too. It is not all bad.

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