Faith & Fitness Friday: Kindness

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The fitness industry can be extremely competitive. You may work at a big gym and compete with other trainers, not because you think you are better or want to see anyone fail, but because you got to eat! Been there!

The fitness industry can be harsh. You might have a participant in your class tell you how you should be doing something better, question every exercise, or just plain walk out. There are challenging students all over, use them to help you grow. Been there! 

The fitness industry can can make you question yourself. Maybe you don’t feel like you are as adequate as the other bubbly instructors or have less experience than the veteran trainers or don’t look as fit as the people you are training. Been there!

But without challenges and change, there is no growth! And behind all of these fleeting feelings and moments, and that is what they are – they will pass…the fitness industry is full of selfless and kind people.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some sharks out there, but for the most part, we do this because we genuinely care about people’s health. Fitness professionals truly want their participants and clients to excel and live long, healthy, and happy lives. And, well, it does feel good to help someone and be a part of something so wonderful…for it is better to give than receive!

What Mother Teresa says about kindness:

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“A life not lived for others is not a life.”

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.”

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

“Never be so busy as not to think of others.”

“Peace begins with a smile.”

“The person who gives with a smile is the best giver because God loves a cheerful giver.”

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”

“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?”

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

“Do small things, with great love.”

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

“I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.”

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

“Jesus said love one another. He didn’t say love the whole world.”

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

“Live simply so others may simply live.”

“There are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who will do the small things.”

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

“One truly must have suffered oneself to help others.”

Have a fabulous weekend!

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6 thoughts on “Faith & Fitness Friday: Kindness

  1. That is also a key thing I have always said and taught my kids “no one ever made themselves better by tearing someone else down.”

    And I LOVE this quote: “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

    It is another one I tell my kids – teens are at that juncture where decisions and time matter more, but they lack a sense of time and priority, and what they forgot or have coming can paralyze them … the ‘today is now’ mantra really can help.

    Have a great weekend!

    • When I worked at a camp for kids we all picked a quote to be our motto kinda – mine was “Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up.” Such a good reminder.

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