The story behind this album cover.
Something clicked last night when I watched The Biggest Loser. As I listened to Rulon Gardner, a current contestant and former Olympian Gold Medalist, I was mesmerized.
"I know I still have the heart of a champion," he said. "A champion doesn't make an excuse of why he can't do something. You've gotta make it a battle to make yourself better."
Call it the right words at the right time, but those words went straight to my heart. "I DO have the heart of a champion," I thought. "I can do this. I can make myself better."
As I watched the rest of the show, my context for being sick started to alter. "This isn't the end," I thought as I shuffled off to bed. "This is preparing for a comeback."
This morning, the word "comeback" kept ringing in my ears. It was a rough night's sleep, but rather than complain about it (which is typical), I noted the new energy flooding my body. A new ache, rather than a excuse to stay in bed, became a reason to get up. The new herbs I'm drinking, rather than something to hate, became armor for the battle.
While it's true I've been doing a lot to manage my health, Rulon's right. I can do more. So today, to honor myself and him, I'm giving it the best that I've got.
Thanks, Rulon. There's nothing better than a comeback.
Altered Today: Breakfast early, new herbs, attitude