Transformed

13.8 billion years ago, one little amazingly compact ball of matter and energy, transformed, in the glimpse of an eye, into an ever-expanding universe. Just one looong ongoing transformation. Just a couple of years ago, I was on the fast track to becoming a Nanoscience-physicist. Today I am studying theology, trying to find my spiritual footing. What happened? I was transformed!

No, I didn’t meet the baby Jesus. I’ve always been a Christian of some sort. My transformation wasn’t Saul on the road to Damascus, meeting the Jesus he had been pursuing. I just realized, I wasn’t where I wanted to be. I wasn’t going, where I wanted to. I didn’t make anything of my life. I was just caught on a planet, trying to figure it all out.

So what transformed me? God? The holy spirit? Well, something happened. I saw my life, and it wasn’t good. It wasn’t bad either. It was just… that… Monotone really. I didn’t need to go find myself, because I knew myself. I had no need for selfmeditation or contemplation. Because I knew perfectly well who I was. Life just didn’t excite me. Not in a emo-I’m-gonna-cut-myself sorta way. More like a really mundane documentary on the reproduction of frogs in the amazon. You’re not gonna go to turn off the tv, but you aren’t entertained either. You just kill time.

So I dropped out! I got a job, in an amazing NGO, working daily, with all sorts of amazing, interesting, sometimes weird people. And that taught me so much about life, spirituality, the universality of the Truth and so on (But that’s another story). It wasn’t just a fantastic, beautiful process. No, I actually had to reshape my life. Take action on choices, that also meant, sorting away stuff. That meant chiseling away parts of me, that was in excess. Painfully grinding of parts of me, that I no longer had a use for.

The last, many years, has been an exercise in minimalism for me. I’ve been working hard on being the best I can be. Physically, spiritually, and personally. Losing weight, getting fit. Finding my way in theology, spirituality. Learning to be modest, about food, alcohol, life, and myself. I’ve not been finding myself, I’ve just been chiseling away all the excess. Like a sculptor, seeing the statue within the giant rock. All she must do, is chisel away all the excess stone. She doesn’t suddenly find a statue, when she breaks open the rock. The potential has always been there, she must just remove the parts, that don’t fit the statue. And that is the art of it all. But as you can imagine, banging a hammer into your stomach, will hurt. But there’s no easy three step plan. Only the long process of transforming yourself.

 

So may you not need to invent yourself. May you forget about finding yourself, or figuring out who you really are. May you BE you and see that it is the beauty of it. May you chisel away the excess. All that, which doesn’t add to your life, but just to your weight.

PS. But then what if you’re already perfect, and need no further chiseling? I congratulate you, the perfect specimen of mankind, and hope you will live a long and happy life. Venus de Milo also thought herself as perfect, until she saw herself in the mirror, and realized she had no arms.

 

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Being the best at being the best you can be

Apparently, B’s are my thing now…

 

Well, I recently switched gyms! Not exactly breaking news. Nevertheless, there’s a good reason behind this switch.

 

I’ve been doing crossfit for about 2 years now and I’ve lost almost 50 kg in that period. The reason I chose to do crossfit has to do with the attitude that many crossfitters exude. Crossfit isn’t about BEING THE BEST, but it’s about DOING YOUR BEST.

You don’t have to be the strongest or fastest, the biggest or the baddest.

All you have to do, is to it your all and be the best version of yourself. The workouts are always easily scalable, so you can always do them on your level.

This means that the fittest and the fattest in the box, can do a workout side by side, and be equally challenged. They might not lift the same weights, they might not run the same distance, but both of them give their all and do their very best.

 

For the past 1,5 years, I’ve been member of a certain chain of crossfit boxes in Copenhagen This chain wants to be the biggest chain. I’ve been told many times they want to be the best at being biggest. Not necessarily the best box or the best at being best. But they want to be best at being big, whatever the cost may be.

 

And OH, how that has bugged me. One thing is the material stuff. That sometimes the water was cold, the floor dirty and the equipment way too worn down to use properly. All because they need to keep expenses down. That’s ‘just’ the material stuff, we can work around that. It can be super tedious. But it’s something I can work aound.

 

The other, and much larger problem, lies in the mentality. I train, to be the best version of me! To be the best, that I can be. To be fit, lose weight, and get healthy. But the box wants to be biggest. So the whole thing is shrouded in a mentality of ‘that’ll-do’.

Many of the coaches (many, but definitely not all of them) met me with an attitude of ‘that’ll-do’. Not an attitude of ‘How can you be better?’, but just that’s good enough. Let me again point out: some coaches, not all of them. A few of them are amazing, passionate people, that love what they do, and the people they coach.

 

But when the mentality is ‘Hey, that’ll do…’, that affects and disturbs my training. If the coach and the organization rather wants quantity, then why should I deliver quality. Why should I be the best, when I’m met with an attitude of quantity over quality?

 

So, I switched gyms. I found a box that focuses on quality. Both the material: equipment, warm water in the showers, clean floors etc. But also the mental: quality coaches, a receptionist that meets you with a smile and knows who you are.

 

If you want to be the best you can be, then place yourself between likeminded. Because optimism, quality, and caring affects everything and everyone around you. When you deliver your best, you also motivate others to do likewise. That goes for your business, as well as your private life.

 

And one last thing; do not, never ever, beat yourself because you aren’t the greatest in the world at what you do! Bring your A-game, deliver your very best, and do what makes you happy. And you shall go on to do great things.

 

And you know what? You might even make the world, just a little bit better, in your effort to be the best you can be.

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