Sunday, September 13, 2009

Begging for Change

People who want to lose weight know they need to change the habits that made them fat. Change is hard and change is scary but it is inevitable. Everything changes. Change is good and we should stop trying to fight it.

We can't keep doing the same things, getting unsatisfactory long term results and repeating the process over and over. That's not change, that's going in circles. Most people who are successful in losing weight stop eating crappy chemical laden foods, watch less tv, eat real healthy fruits, vegetables and protein, and move their bodies regularly until they work up a good sweat and they commit to a different healthier lifestyle. If they are successful they change their bad habits with good and they change their lives.

This post is really about a different kind of change unrelated to weight loss but it shows that no matter how much we crave change and even beg for it but we have to be willing to accept it.

I was walking down the street during my lunch hour in downtown Boston last week when I noticed a nickel on the ground. I pick it up since in these tough financial times, every little bit helps, right? Before I put the found money in my pocket I notice a "homeless" guy I see all the time in the same spot standing there with his cup jingling. I've seen this guy for years and he has never been very nice whether I give him money or not but whatever. I drop the nickel in his cup with a smile and walked past only to hear a coin drop in front of me. I turned to my friend and asked "did that guy just throw the nickel at me?" WTF! Really? Was it not enough? Does he only accept quarters or dollars? Was he offended I picked it up and didn't add to it before giving it to him? I guess since he doesn't pay taxes he can afford to throw money away.

I think this experience just goes to prove that even if we are out there begging for change we have to be able to accept it when it is given to us.


  1. I agree 100%.
    Change is hard, but if you don't change you won't get anywhere.
    Change is scary, but if you're not brave you won't get anywhere.

  2. That is quite ungrateful.

    Change is hard, but that is the only way you grow!

  3. Hi. Dealing with change is the most difficult thing of all, even if you want it really badly.

    Thanks for your support on my blog. I really appreciate it.

    I haven't managed to change yet, but I'm going to carry on trying.

    Best wishes,
    Bearfriend xx

  4. wow, that situation really brings the point right home. it is very true though - change is so hard and even when opportunities are right in front of us, sometimes we just pass it on by. it wont be easy, but sometimes you have to put yourself out there and be uncomfortable a bit in order to let the change happen and then you realize you were better off for it in the end.

  5. Oh wow. What an interesting story. Is there any way that he might just be sort of crazy and angry? Life is so painful sometimes.

  6. Very interesting thoughts! Surely the guy won't be getting anymore change.. from you and from those who were around to see what happened.

    In my case, back then there were many opportunities for change that I didn't seize or weren't ready for. But hopefully that's not the case anymore :)

  7. change is the hardest part, because change can't just be one day it has to be a complete change from here on out, that's the hardest part.

  8. Great post! Change is hard but staying the same, unhealthy person is even harder. Tougher on the mind, body and soul. Change *is* good!

  9. I think that was a nice thing you did, and definitely not a nice thing he did!

    I agree with you that change is hard, but without it you will be exactly where you already were.

    You can do this.

  10. You know... if all of us would simply follow what you detailed in your second paragraph... we would ALL reach our goals! We've got to change our bad habits into good ones! :)

  11. so so true! Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results is actually the definition of insanity, true story!

  12. Takl about looking a gift horse int he mouth, what a jerk, homeless or not.


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