During my workout, my son asked if he could join me. Before I even said yes, he had run to grab his own resistance band, weights, and water. My husband snapped a photo of this moment and shared it with me and some family members. As soon as I saw the image, I cringed and began to criticize myself.
All I saw in that picture was how my stomach still carried that extra weight from pregnancy. All I saw were weak arms that had extra jiggle in them. All I saw was terrible form that clearly indicated a weak core in desperate need of more discipline.
My sister was the voice of reason. She took one look at the photo and said, “I see a mom setting an example for her son on the importance of building healthy habits and sharing a great moment.”
I had missed it!
My son and I had a great time during that workout. We laughed. He was proud of all his hard work. I was proud of him trying so hard to keep up. But all that was erased the moment I decided to see only the negative of an image instead of the positive.
So today I encourage you to change the narrative. Try to find only the positive in a moment. See the negative and identify the opportunity in that moment. Because once we start changing the narrative in our mind, we will start to change the story we tell.