Last week in my yoga class, my teacher shared an inspiring story with me and I’d like to share my take on how it connects to my life.
In the past few months/years I have subscribed deeply to a few beliefs that have guided the relationships I have maintained, the way I spend my time, and the choices I have made for my mental and physical health.
I have come to realize that the cliche of ‘thinking like those with whom we spend our time do’ goes far beyond what I thought it did for so long. It’s more than sharing the views, positive or negative, of the friends and family you have. It’s more than becoming negative or positive as a result of your peer’s dogma. I have come to learn that the people and environments you surround yourself truly ARE WHO YOU become. When your self clarity has changed as a result of someone else, your perception changes and thus how you look at everything around you changes.
I’m fortunate to say I am incredibly content with the life I have built for myself as a result of this realization. The non-beneficial relationships I’ve weeded out and the productive ones I’ve fostered, as well as the rigorous healthy lifestyle I’ve attained have grown both my mental and physical fitness into a man in which I find deep contentment with.
Yesterday, I completed my 5th fourteener in 3 weeks which is a third of the way to my summer goal of summiting 15 fourteeners including one in each of the 7 ranges. The reason I find such joy in this and the recent climbing goals I’ve accomplished is because it’s a stark representation of the mindset change I’ve undergone which has lead to an incredibly productive lifestyle. Cherish the experiences of the now, the memories of the past, and the sheer joy that comes with living in extreme gratitude not for what you don’t have, but all the incredible things you’re fortunate to already have. “Don’t be in the story of how things should’ve been, but rather in deep acceptance of how things are. The only time we can be unhappy is when the way we think it should be and the way it is are different.” A true thank you to all the people who are an active part of helping me live the positive life that I do.