Wednesday, April 15, 2009


The Leader of my Monday night Weight Watcher Group has a great habit of cute little quotes intended to inspire us. Most of the time I think that they are kind of corny, but a couple of weeks ago she said something that really stuck with me. “The Rear View Mirror is Smaller for a Reason.” She talked about how we need to look thru the front windshield in order to see where we’re going and not to focus on where we've been. I thought it made sense, but not in regards to weight loss. I was thinking that I Wanted to look back and Remember how much I’ve lost (35 pounds) and not focus on how much I have to lose (94?!) At my last meeting, she mentioned it again. But this time, it was at a meeting where I had ‘Gained’ a little (0.6 pounds) LOL. Her quote made more sense to me this time. I needed to look ahead at what I can DO this week and in the weeks ahead to continue my successful journey.
After I got home, I thought a little more about the whole Rear view Mirror thing. In Life, (mine in particular) we can spend too much time dwelling on things that happened. We can get Stuck there and not move on. If I’m driving and keep looking back in my rear view mirror every few minutes….I’m going to run into something or miss my turn!
I think that God wants us to do the same thing. He wants us to forget about our past (He has) and to move forward looking ahead. When Dan and I went through Rick Warren's’s Purpose Driven Life, I learned one of my now favorite Bible Verses: Ecclesiastes 3:11 (New International Version)
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

It is a reminder to focus on the PRIZE, and not Dwell on our past defeats. We must not put too much value on our past accomplishments either, but continue to strive towards our Goal. I know that when I get to Heaven….I will have a perfect body. But in the meantime, I’m going to work like nobody’s business to get it done while I’m here.


Dawn said...

There is so much wisdom in what you've said here Pam. Congratulations on 34 pounds! That's definitely something to be proud of. :) You're looking fabulous!

Melissa said...

I love this...I have a tendency to dwell on the rear view mirror. This was good, Pam. (And YAY for the lost lbs....I may have found a few of them, but I'm giving 'em the boot soon)