This post is not about my sobriety, although I will talk about that at some point on the blog. ”Someone” close to me once blasted me all over the blog (in an annonymous comment…snicker) about “why don’t I ever share the ‘real life of runningwilder’”. Well, because it’s my blog and I can write about whatever I want to. But more importantly because I wasn’t ready to get honest about dark issues. My blog has always been about health and fitness with some everyday crap thrown in. Who wants to come read about issues with in-laws, sobriety issues, marital issues, family issues, blah, blah, blah! I will share some of those ugly details of my sobriety some day. But that isn’t what this post is about. So, if you are after the ugly side of my life – make sure to check back, because I’ll have some “ugly” to share.
This post is really about honesty. Whether it’s getting honest with yourself, your spouse, your friends, your family – whatever – just get honest! I know that my life has drastically changed when I decided to stop lying to myself and others about things and just get real and get really honest. And you know what? I survived. And you know what else? People will amaze you. The right people will love you regardless and you will love yourself more for it too.
I love step 1 in AA:
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.
But that can be applied to so many areas of a person’s life. What about food? Think of the people that turn to food for comfort. Sex? There are people that turn to affection from others to deal with issues. How about just ignoring issues, sweeping them under the rug hoping they will go away and continuing on with life? Eventually, you will run out of room under that rug and your issues will start spilling out whether you like it or not and you will HAVE to deal with them and get honest.
The road to better starts with the truth! Do you have the courage to be honest? Do you have the courage to take the first step toward healing – whatever “healing” may be for you? It could be food, alcohol, infidelity, lying, cheating, gossip. Whatever that THING is that you need to work on – and don’t lie to yourself and say there isn’t something – have the courage to face it today.
George Sheehan reminds us, “Courage, then, has nothing to do with a single act of bravery. Courage is how one lives.”
Get honest! WHY are you overweight, unhealthy, out of shape? WHY do you eat poorly? WHY do you drink too much, eat too much? WHY are you having issues in your marriage, with friends or family? WHY are people avoiding you or choosing not to include you in things? WHY do you not have any friends and only family will tolerate you? WHY are you struggling to pay your bills and staying in debt? This list could go on forever. Plug yourself in and get HONEST!
The quote that sparked this post was regarding the most recent Crossfit 14.2 OPEN workout and it was a fantastic post. You can read the entire post by Lisbeth here.
I loved the article and loved her take on the workout but it spoke to me on a different level which is what brought about this post. I’m on a journey of healing and I’m on my road to “better” and it really did all start with the Truth!