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  • Writer's pictureMarc Lalonde

Perspective and gratitude change everything

I'm grateful for this sleeping puppy

It’s amazing how things can change in the blink of an eye when you have gratitude.

A few weeks back I was at my lowest of low. I was hurting, despondent and I felt unloved.

But through a series of fortunate events, I have discovered that not only am I loved, I’m loved more than I can possibly imagine.

And boy, oh, boy, what a feeling.

The simple fact of life is that being grateful for what we have is the key to being content with what we don’t have. There are certain things in my life I’d like to have, but I don’t have them right now for one reason or another.

That’s OK. That’s the way of the universe.

When you are hurting so bad – and I mean bad, like it’s-hard-to-breathe-because-of-the-elephant-on-my-chest – that all you can see is down, gratitude helps you to look up.

One of my clients brought me a wonderful book called the daily gratitude log, where I write down three things I’m grateful for every day. No fair repeating things, either. So, you gotta think about it.

And, when you sit and think about what makes you happy, you are necessarily NOT thinking about what you don’t have and what you wished you had.

So, it’s a fantastic way to gain perspective and to settle my mind on the daily. My therapist – yes, I see a therapist and you should, too – told me that the universe does indeed have a plan for me and that if I listen close enough and down out the noise, I’ll be able to hear the directions.

I’m grateful for my family.

I’m grateful for my dogs. My Saint Bernard puppy, Bruce, has been a constant companion and one of the greatest things ever to happen to me.

I’m grateful for football, which is so great. It’s a shame we have to wait till June to see the CFL again.

I’m grateful that I’m able to cut toxic people out of my life. I’m grateful that I can hold those friends who are good for me close as well.

I’m grateful for my friends who have supported me in what has been a time of transition and emotional disruption for me. I have learned things about myself that I didn’t know before. I also confirmed some things, such as the notion that daily weight training can help cure anything that ails you. Some mornings I wake up with a sore back and then after I lift, it’s not sore.

Movement is medicine. Still is. Likely always gonna be. Are you not sure what do ?

Start by walking into the gym and asking a few questions. I hear all the time from people that they just don’t know where to begin.

That’s where a fitness professional comes in. Message me today and we can get you started. or call me at 514=742-5465.

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