Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday Mantra: Choose Your Hard

mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of "creating transformation".

Every Monday I will post a new thought, idea, or focus for the week. When you need a breather from life, when you need a little inspiration, or when you're about to jump over the conference table and strangle your co-worker, remember the mantra.

Monday Mantra: Choose your hard

The reason I'm running late with this post today is because I was having a hard time figuring out what to say to y'all.  Then I was given this video link (thank you, Brian!) and I knew. 

I once read an article about a woman who had lost 100 pounds by, basically, not giving up. She lived by this motto:

Losing weight is hard. Maintaining weight is hard. Being fat is hard. 
Choose your hard.

I believe that this thought process can be applied to most everything in life. 

For example, my whole life I've been told how happy I seem and friendly and that it's actually kind of overwhelming to people sometimes which, honestly, makes me openly bust out into laughter and therefore leads to those people being even more overwhelmed. These people wonder if I ever get sad or if I am ever not laughing or smiling. 

Well, yes, actually. Yes. 

I get sad. I don't laugh all the time. Believe it or not, I consider myself more of a pessimist than anything else. Being happy all the time isn't easy. It doesn't just happen. It takes work. I choose to be happy, regardless, because for me, it's harder to be sad. This is my hard, this is my choice. 

Arthur is the perfect example of choosing your hard. He had options: Give up. Don't try. Don't believe in yourself because it's impossible to change your circumstances. Or ignore all of that and try anyway. So he did. And WOW.

Of course I like this because it's about yoga. I'm not going to front and pretend like that didn't win me over, but I LOVE it because it's about believing in yourself. It's about overcoming what you have been given. It's about making a choice. Arthur chose his hard and look where he is today. Not going to lie, I teared up a bit! Maybe it was the Coldplay song in the back that went perfectly with the video, but mostly it was just Arthur and his amazing dedication. 

Life is often challenging. Life is often hard. At the end of each day, it's up to you to decide. 

Choose your hard. 

What choice will you make?

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Mediocre Renaissance Man said...

This is a great post! I am constantly trying to choose the most beneficial hard path. CHOOSING a hard is hard! But it certainly pays off to weigh your options (no pun intended) and do what's best. :)

Chantelle Says said...

Thank you! It is hard, right? Sheesh! :)