Are You a Whiner or a Winner?

If you’ve been following my blog at all, you know that I enjoy running. Not to set any records, or even personal bests. I’ve reached my “sport” goals in life when I was in high school through gymnastics, and really don’t have the urge to push myself in my 40s to prove that I am still young and fit. No desire what-so-ever actually! I just want to be healthy, happy and stress-free. That is my goal for this 40-something chick!

I do still love lacing up my sneakers and pound the pavement. My teammate from Canada Games was visiting the other day and her doctor told her she shouldn’t run because of the constant pounding and being a gymnast for many years, her body has already experience excessive pounding. He advised her to avoid running to save her joints. She expressed her concern with my running, but I feel wonderful when I run. I experience no pain.

The other day I decided to go out for a run during a Cold Warning. It was issued by the Weather Network that my city was reaching extremely cold temperatures and advised that people didn’t go outside due to the extreme temperature. I only have Tuesday and Thursday evenings off from coaching gymnastics so I have to run when my schedule permits—warnings or no warnings. I chose to ignore another warning and suited up to run in the cold.

From reading these two paragraphs you might think I am a rebel—but it is far from the truth. I’m very reserved actually. I just know what my body can handle and a bit of pounding and a bit of cold is safe for me. The doctor might be right and someday I might suffer from all the running and gymnastics pounding that I’ve put my body through, but I will wait until I have a sign that my body has too much before I stop something that I find so relieving. The same with the cold warning. My opinion is if you dress for the weather, nothing is too cold…my eyelashes freeze from moisture in my hot breath and the condensation settles as ice on my eyelashes, but I survive.

We all ignore warnings and do what we want to do. Very much so with our lives. Maybe we are getting a warning that our finances are out of control, or that a relationship is about to fail. Work is getting to stressful, or your children are hanging out with the wrong crowd. We all see signs, and it is what we choose to do with those signs that make us winners or whiners.

We can whine that our finances are crashing, or we can take charge and do something about it. We can whine that our marriage is on the rocks and our spouse is insensitive to our needs, or we can be winners and do something about it. Work is starting to get to you? Be a winner and step up and do something about it. Stop whining about what is going wrong and start making things happen for yourself.

Studying the book of Numbers 11:1 really struck me. “And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp.” We all experience misfortune, it’s a part of life. You are not alone. It’s what you do with that misfortune that determines your destiny.

You can whine about your situation, or you can start making changes and come out a winner. Like I said, I reached my sport goals in high school and that was a very fulfilling time in my life. I learned how to set a goal and reach it. I learned how to take direction, make changes and correction to make things work for me. I have no desire to continue trying to prove myself in this area, but there are many areas I still have to focus on. There are things that still trouble me, and scare me, make me anxious; my marriage, my finances, my children, my work…my life! I try no to let them take a hold of me, I try to kick the negative out of my mind and focus on the positive. Put my energy and thoughts on what I want to multiply. I try to be thankful for what I have, not what I don’t have.

There is no doubt that life is hard. We have many warnings that we ignore, and things go wrong. We can whine and give up or we can make changes and come out winners. Reaching my goal in gymnastics was easy compared to reaching goals that I set for myself in life. A successful marriage is the hardest job I’ve ever done. Keeping my finances in order is still a work in progress, raising children—WOW! They definitely should come with a warning label! I have to listen to the warnings and make adjustments in my life as a wife and mother as I go.

We are all winners, we just have to stop whining and make the necessary changes to get us to where we want to be! Sometimes you might have listen to the warnings and stop ignoring the signals, not what we feel is best, but what the warnings are showing us.  Do you have a warning that you are ignoring?  Make today the day that you start making the necessary changes to come out the winner that you know you are!