Many of us are on a quest to reach a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Often times we are advised to let go of the past in order to clear our vision. While I agree that it is imperative to forget your past while in order to achieve clarity of experience; never forget where you came from.
Let me explain.
Whenever I write anything, it’s usually derived from some sort of Life experience that I’m having– or sometimes a reflection on an experience I have had that caused an ‘A-ha!’ moment in the course of my Spiritual Awakening. This is mainly due to the fact that I always try to remember my roots.
But something happened this week that drove home the fact that I’d completely forgotten altogether where I came from.
I’ve recently joined a fitness website in order to track and document my fitness goals. That’s an entirely different subject in and of itself. But what transpired in the past week has served me up a big ole piece of humble pie.
First, I was completely shunned in a forum due to the amount of money that I spend on food and nutritional supplements. Apparently my husband and I have very expensive taste. Furthermore, it seems that many people do not have the financial means to eat and supplement the way they really ought to when they’re training aggressively; which is extremely disheartening for me.
Which brings me to my next occurrence: As a means of accountability, members of this fitness site are instructed to track their daily caloric intake and record it in an Online diary where friends can view what they’ve eaten. Many of the friends on my list were tracking well below 1,000 calories–which is well below what anyone should be consuming on a daily basis! In an attempt to understand why; I questioned these eating habits. One response that I got simply stated that the individual didn’t have enough food or enough money to eat right. Which is really unfortunate.
But coming back to the original point. I asked these questions and made certain assertions because I had completely forgotten where I’d come from! Over the last few years, my husband and I have been blessed with more than enough wealth. But in retrospect, it wasn’t really too long ago that we were struggling to make ends meet. Before we even met there were times that were tough. I now recall a time in my life when I had so little that I went two days without eating so that my daughter could eat.
I guess the point of all of this is that this week I was reminded of where I came from; not from the perspective of pity or to emotionally re-hash past occurrences, but so that I could truly embody compassion.
After all, you never truly understand what someone else is going through until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes, right?
Charlotte “Char” D. Piper is a blogger, entrepreneur, creative spirit, wife and mother. Her passions include holistic health and wellness, as well as coaching and mentoring others on living a life of balance. She is the main contributor to LifeAndWorkInBalance.com, a blog she and her husband, Bill started to aid people in living lives of financial freedom through health and wellness. In her free time, Char can be found reading, dancing wildly, cooking, spending time with family and of course, writing.