Knowledge is one thing, but only real change changes things

Nothing feels better than to curl up with a good book next to a cozy fire. These past few days have allowed me to slow down and enjoy the comforts of winter, and it really seems to help relax the soul. We all need that.

Reading does something else too. It keeps me out of the kitchen. Hey, I’ll admit that during my obese days, I would become extremely bored in the evening hours of mid-winter. One solution to my boredom was to take a tour of my kitchen and inspect the cupboard contents. But it didn’t stop there. The interior of my refrigerator needed to be examined as well. I’d grab a bag of this and a bowl of that, assuming that these nightly snacks were okay — I wouldn’t feel guilty eating them since nobody really knew I was doing it. Plus I convinced myself that the extra calories were needed since my body was really working overtime in order to stay warm. (Okay, whatever.)

I did that for years. But I knew that it wasn’t making my extreme weight situation any better; in fact, I knew that it was making it worse. This behavior was negatively affecting my weight and numerous other things in my life as well. Each year I became more miserable. I wanted to end this behavior. The problem was, I didn’t. I continued this behavior — along with several other unhealthy behaviors — for too long. I needed to change but I didn’t.

“Only change changes things”   

Only change changes things. When I viewed that sentence in the book I was reading I had to stop. I said it aloud and simply stared at each word for a moment. So simple yet so powerful. I whispered it aloud once again and then put Mira Kirshenbaum‘s book down.

That sentence can transform your life. I know this to be true.

Change, and things change.

We all have the ability to change. It’s up to us individually; the determination must be strong enough to create the change. When your determination allows for the change to occur, things happen.

Your life will change.

We know what we want to change. Most likely you understand what needs to change and how to go about changing these things. BUT … all the knowledge in the world doesn’t actually create the change. Only when you make the change will things change.

What to do with what you know

For me, the knowledge was there. I knew how to eat right. I knew how to exercise. But knowing these things didn’t change my body size or help me lose an ounce of weight. The information needed to be used.

So I did. I made a change and it changed things!

You can change too.

Today is the day. Do you believe that everything happens for a reason? I do; and so does the author of the powerful sentence.

Thank you, Mira Kirshenbaum, for sharing your words of wisdom in your book. “Everything Happens for a Reason” is an amazing read and I highly suggest it to all who wish to find the true meaning of the events in their lives.

What will you change today? 

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