Happy Holidays from David the Tail!
As another year comes to an end, I reflect on what made 2016 so special.
I lost a couple of friends, made some new ones, left a teaching opportunity, gained full time employment, and continued spreading fitness, health, and wellness wherever I could.
When I think back on 2016 I can’t help but remember some of the more upsetting moments of the year. I think we, as humans, are conditioned to remember the bad moments of the past. Starting in school, we learn about genocide, war, and conflicts in our country and around the world.
But when I try to think back on 2016, and the past in general, I feel the need to balance out the bad with the good. Personally, I have a good job with benefits, a family that loves and supports me, the ability to teach my fitness classes, the funds to pay for transportation to and from the gym, and friends that make it all worthwhile.
Although many of you reading this might find everything I’ve listed a given, we need to remember that there are people out there who have none of this. The poor, hungry, and homeless of the world face the end of the coming year as well and I can’t help but wonder what they’re thinking as 2016 comes to a close.
Do they relive all the horrible things people have done to them? Do they dwell on each and every day, as they face their own poverty? Do they try to remember what it feels like to not be hungry?
If we dwell on those sad thoughts we may become too depressed to think about anything else. Instead, I’d like to think that they block out all the negativity and try to remember the good. Like the times a random stranger put an extra bill in their cup. Or the times someone knelt down next to them to give them some food. Or the times a kind person donated a blanket for them to sleep on.
Whatever the feelings this post makes you relive, I hope one shines through most of all…
Compassion – Concern for the misfortune of others.
Whether we see firsthand the poverty of our country, or only hear/read about it through news sources, we have to admit that it exists. Not only should we be responsible enough to talk about it, but to also do something about it. During this season of family, gifts, and dinners, please try to remember those out there that don’t have these things. Search nearby places that you can donate to. Money is always welcomed, but you can donate clothes, food, or your time by volunteering.
We all live in this world together and we must help each other however and whenever we can. It is up to us to shape this country into what we know it can be. I love my students, the gyms that I teach in, and the classes I teach. I try to spread fitness, health, and wellness whenever I can, wherever I go. I drive my community forward using respect; for others and for myself. My wish is for all of you to do the same.
Have a Happy, Safe, and Warm Holiday Season. See you in 2017!