What can cause you to stand tall and be proud of who you are?  In this day of critical judgments and pessimists—how do you manage to break through it all and define your self image?

 Our lives are always changing, however sometimes the change can cause us to think we’re losing our minds.  It’s at those very moments that we have to step back and make sure we stay true to ourselves. 

 To say the past few weeks have been stressful would be an understatement!  It seems that everything is shifting in some way.  However, I have found that just when you think you’re about to break, life throws you a stick to prop yourself up on. 

Earlier this week, I was feeling a bit emotional and down.  It happens to all of us at times.  When we take such an emotional beating that we just don’t have an ounce of energy left.  I was there. 

 A workout can always give a boost, so I decided to drive to my friend’s gym and train with her.  It has been some time since we’ve seen each other, let alone trained together.   Although I knew she was going to kick my butt, it was going to be quality time and well worth the pain! 

As I drove into the parking lot, my heart was racing with excitement.   I walked up to the door and knocked as I no longer have a key.  My friend wasn’t in yet, but the front desk associate remembered me as she opened the door.  It felt like home.  Something I hadn’t felt in some time.

The gym had changed so much and yet the energy was still the same.  Positive—strong—encouraging—a place that cultivates good thoughts—that warms the inside and stimulates your ability to visualize.

I quickly walked back into the changing room — as I returned into the gym fully geared to workout —my friend walked in the front door.  It was like oxygen had just entered the building!  We gave each other a big hug!  I could feel stress leaving my body.  It was the most genuine hug I’d had in a very long time!  It’s amazing how something so simple as seeing an old friend, getting a hug or catching a workout can be so therapeutic!

In life we have to remember the small things.  If the people in our world are causing us to doubt ourselves, then we have to be able to rise above that and overcome it.  People that cause you to doubt yourself are toxic.  They can burrow in our brains and negatively impact our outlook on life. 

Positive people will always positively impact our lives.  Bring it back to something as simple as what we learn in Kindergarten—respect others—be courteous —never judge—always look both ways before crossing the street—hold hands—and do not lose anyone! 

Hold your head high—don’t let anyone knock your chin down—embrace positive people—and strut!