I can’t be the only one who feels this way. Don’t you hate advice from people who have had no success with the subject on which they are trying to advise you? I don’t take marriage advice from people who have never been married or who are in crappy relationships. I don’t take parenting advice from people who don’t have kids and I don’t take health tips from a person who’s not doing anything to take care of their own.
The funny thing is, I have often been the latter. You know this person — they go on a diet on Monday and, by Wednesday, they are talking like some guru and, by Friday, they are going in with you to order pizza at lunch. Yep, that was me. You can see that here, on the site, with my infamous attempt at a 30-day juice fast that lasted about 8 days. My wife loved me for ruining our juicer.
If I had to write a bumper sticker to describe the last several months, it would read “Shut up and do the work”.
For the longest time, I have been concerned not only about my health but, the health of family and friends, as well. However, I know that I can’t just talk about changing, I have be the change. I have to exemplify and model change in my living. I can’t encourage my son to exercise and eat his vegetables as I wolf down a Big Mac and then plop myself in front of the computer. I can’t challenge my wife to try out this new yoga program just by handing her an unopened DVD set with a thin layer of dust on top. I have to pay the price and let the results do my talking for me. In the end, I think I’ll not only do better but, I will make a positive change in the lives of those I love, also.
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.”