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Who’s Raining On Your Parade?

Right now, I think I’m on the right track.

I’m once again doing Yoga regularly. I’m doing cardio workouts around the lake. And, I just started weight resistance training again. I’m feeling really good and all this activity is geared toward improving my performance on drums and piano.

So now that I’m on a good schedule of fitness, and also eating a healthier, cleaner diet again, the next challenge is to be able to handle the people who tend to rain on my parade when I do see some results.

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Live and Let Live

I live by a rule that I should have no business criticizing or putting down others. I always tend to take a good hard look at myself before I critique anyone else. This attitude makes me self-critical towards myself, which is great when you are seriously trying to improve, but on the downside it can lead to depression and feelings of being inadequate.

The problem lies in the fact that, throughout my Life’s experience, people never hesitated to critic me for whatever reason. Now, if I hold true to my rule that I shouldn’t critique others, then I would assume that others should hold the same philosophy. But no, that doesn’t work.

Reading Jack LaLanne’s book, Live Young Forever, he remembers the times when people ridiculed him about all the health and fitness things he was getting into. These are things that are accepted today and taken for granted as methods to become more fit and healthy. But back then he was ridiculed for them.

I noticed that too whenever I feel I am improving. Whenever I lose weight and get more healthy, there’s always someone out there who has to say something. Like, you’re too skinny now, or they’ll say something like, “Are you getting enough protein?” “Are you anorexic?”

Those kinds of criticisms hurt. Let me tell you. And, I wish people would be more encouraging and positive, and this would help me achieve my goals by their acknowledgement… But, people aren’t like that, which is sad to say.

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Looking For My Bullet Proof Vest

shirtlessThe big joke is, I could totally critique many of these people because they are out-of-shape and overweight, themselves. So, how dare do they critique me? And, where do they get the nerve to say things like that?

In the past, all the criticisms have always affected me. And, I assure you, I would get negative comments, enough that many times in the past I became discouraged with my accomplishments, and fall and get back out-of-shape and relapse.

I have no one else to blame but myself. And, I should just figure out a way to be more positive and stronger. Like Jack LaLanne has mentioned in his book, the most important thing is staying motivated and keeping a positive attitude. And, I take this to mean, stay motivated and positive ESPECIALLY amidst the nay-sayers and the people who somehow are saying negative things about your progress. I truly believe it is a psychological trait that people sometimes project their own weaknesses towards someone when that someone is making progress in improving himself.

All I’ve ever wanted to do was improve my own Life, to become the healthiest I can be, the fittest that I can be… and hopefully, by writing this down I hope that others can benefit and become inspired themselves to improve on their lives. And, I am trying to improve my Life so that I can get the most out of it. That is all. And that is all anyone can expect.

Anyway, I am embarking on a personal journey to improve my Life.

All I ask is a little support and encouragement along the way. And make it a little easier for me.

That is all I ask…



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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