Gratitude and Keeping an Open Mind

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3765 S. Alameda, Ste 102
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 857-5087
  1. Gratitude and Keeping an Open Mind

    This past year, my training studio celebrated the success of 70 of my clients, their guests and my staff in a couple of client appreciation luncheons.

    It was great to see everyone in real clothes laughing and sharing a meal together.

    I presented the cover of my new book while we were together and reserved a copy as a gift for everyone in attendance. It occurred to me how blessed I am because of them and how much I am growing into the woman I believe God wants me to be.

    Keeping an Open Mind

    Things usually work out for me when I approach my physical, mental and spiritual well-being with an open mind. Miracles have not happened in my life overnight; it has taken years to create the happy, joyous and free situation in which I find myself today.
    For my own good, I must approach my well-being with an open mind, ready to receive and to accept new ideas. Then, for my own good I must apply these ideas to my life.

    Listening and Learning

    If I approach my well-being with a tightly closed mind, ready to criticize what I hear, it is as though I am holding a teaspoon under Niagara Falls in an effort to quench my thirst.
    On most days I keep myself receptive and listen. I used to be quick to judge and say: “Yes, but my case is so different.” The details of my situation may have differed, but basically my story is the same as any of yours who struggle now or have struggled with making a change in your life.

    Many days I must cling to this one thought: My well-being CAN change – If I give it a chance.

    A Change of Desire

    Of myself, my very best thinking caused some of my worse physical conditions, emotional drama and spiritual despair. I thought I could change according to my desires, but when solutions came, I found it was my desire that had changed.
    I make progress daily if I pick up even one small new idea that I hear or that I read. Things have often not worked out in my life the way I wanted them to, but as my point of view changed, what I thought I wanted changed as well. My ultimate contentment is no longer as dependent on having things work out my way.

    My hope for today is to always offer a healing helpful message to all who care to listen. I pray to be able to hear the good in all that you say to me as well. Many of my clients allowed me to share their video testimonials at these luncheons. So it’s not just me, it’s a “WE” who are changing lives one body at a time.

    If you find yourself in desire of change today and I can help in anyway, please call. My cell is 361-549-4604. My staff and I are said to be the best Fitness Professionals and Functional Aging Specialists in the Coastal Bend. We know a bit about changing bodies for the better.


  2. Building Spiritual Muscles

    Chapters close and open in our lives, be it the end of a year, death of a loved, a health diagnosis or just sick and tired of feeling sick and tired all the time.

    I’d like to take a few minutes to contemplate and share with you the progress I’ve made over the past 12 months and to thank my Higher Power for my growth. What actions did I take that contributed to my success this year? Perhaps it was as simple and profound as attending my recovery meetings even when my life were going really well.

    Looking Back

    How have I reached out to other beggars this year and showed them where I found good food? Was I thoughtful, helpful, did I lead a life of integrity focusing on what was necessary and with kindness? Perhaps I was patient with those who were suffering, giving them my full attention or by giving my phone number to others. Maybe I learned to trust a more and build my community of trusted others and open up deeper to them. Have I thanked all who have been kind or have gifted me in some way? Have I recognized my growing ability to love and trust others and most of all my Higher Power?

    Perhaps I finally came to understand the First Step, or committed myself to working some of the other steps again.

    “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol (or for me; people, places and things) —that our lives had become unmanageable.”
    Maybe I had the faith and courage to make some hard decisions.

    I am discovering that I do play an important part in my own well-being. I will celebrate my achievements and be grateful for all I have been given. However,  I am not perfect, but I am excellent!

    Looking Forward

    We live in a society of instant gratification; instant coffee, instant breakfast, instant money from our local ready bank machines —it’s everywhere we look! No wonder so many land at my training studio door in a new year looking for instant answers to all the problems that come from living a life with little to no exercise, a poor diet and no real connection to their Higher Power who can help them the most!

    For me, recovery is a process. It takes time to regain, reclaim, and recoup all that was lost while I tried on my own to cope with the symptoms of growing up in dis-“ease” or an unwillingness to let go of “my will be done”.

    • Building trust in others and in a Power greater than I is taking time
    • Changing my attitude is taking time
    • Healing old wounds – spiritually, mentally and physically is taking time

    There are no immediate, ready-made solutions I am finding. Building spiritual muscles (with help) – is leading me to the answers that are right for me.

    I suspect we all have dark times in our lives, and could it be that “the journey” to better times and better health is often what makes us happier, stronger people? When I stop expecting instant relief, I come to believe that where I am today is exactly where my Higher Power would have me to be.

    Gratitude is an Action Word!

    Yesterday I had a cup of coffee with a trusted other and the subject of gratitude came up. I was reminded that “gratitude is an action word”. I make my bed because I am grateful for a bed; brush my teeth in gratitude for teeth, eat right and exercise in gratitude for my healthy body that is pure gift, etc . . .

    Today and each day, no matter what is going on around me, I know that I will move forward. I trust the process of spiritual, mental and physical recovery. With the help of my Higher Power and the grateful actions I must take as a result of this relationship I just know the next chapter of my life will be filled with more miracles for me. I’ll let time take time.

    “If I am under pressure and setting myself deadlines, I will stop for a few minutes and
    think of just this one day and what I can do with it.” ~ One Day at a Time in Al-Anon.
    I have gratitude for all who read and follow my spiritual musings, YOU keep ME emotionally sober!

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Doddridge Plaza
3765 S. Alameda, Ste 102
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 857-5087