Today, I was out or a walk, and I started up a hill. I always get out of breath and tired walking up this hill, and I often wonder why. I mean... I think about the physics of it. It is just putting one foot in front of another, just like walking other sections. It rises, but it shouldn't be that big of a difference. Then, I had a thought that fixed it, and it inspired a theme that I think applies to life, as well. I held my head up and walked up the hill leaning slightly backwards, and I had no problems at all.
You see.. when we put our head down in a walk, we are cutting off our lung capacity, and we are putting strain on other muscles that are not used to do the walking or running, regularly. When we go up a hill, we have a natural tendency to lean forward and put our head down to be vertical, and that causes the problem.
As I reflected on this, I realized that I have been holding my head down, after all of the things that have happened in my life, and the same advice was very good advice for me, now. When I look down in depression, it is taking my eyes off the future and putting my focus on things that are not used for moving in that direction. I wear down from the strain of that diverted focus, and it slows my progress, which is evident by time wasted in that thought that COULD be used to move forward, instead.
So, I would suggest to everyone that is facing a trial, whatever trial it may be, to follow this advice. Keep your eyes on your forward destination, and do not let your natural instincts to recoil or be distracted take over. Straighten your back and let your legs of activity push you forward out of the zone that is causing the pain. You will get to a better place with the confidence of knowing you can make it, instead of letting someone or something that is not on your side steal your progress and your prosperity without them.