They Make My Day
I have absolutely found a job that I love and even better, I am surrounded by some of the most amazing people. I think the fitness business is one of my callings and each day look forward to the people I work with.
Monday night was a typical Zumba (Learn the Steps) Class at my Fitness Studio. At the end of each class, we go around, introduce ourselves and get to know each other. Our groups are always so diverse in age, ethnicity and background. This night we had one young lady from Iran. She had a heavy accent and said she had been in the states since January. After class, she came up to me and said how nervous she had been for the past couple of months to come to a Zumba class. She actually almost didn’t come. After attending the class, she had the brightest smile on her face and talked about how welcome she felt and how nice everyone was. She made me feel good because she showed that the energy, dedication and passion that Jessica and I put into our classes in seen by our wonderful participants. And, my smile was doubled the next day when I saw her return for another class.
I spend the other half of my time at the Fitness Center at St. Stephen. There are many people there that are “young at heart” (but not necessarily young in age). I’ll never forget when Ms. “E” came to the gym for the first time (she’s over 70 years old). Several of her friends brought her. She walked with a walker at a slow pace. She wanted to try to use the seated elliptical. As she sat down, it was painful for her to even move her leg into position to pedal. She didn’t even have enough strength to push the pedal down. I suggested she take it easy her first day and not to do more than her body could handle. She instead went and walked/pushed herself around the track two times.
Spring forward a week later and Ms. E is sitting on the elliptical pushing the pedals down. Week later, she has a full range of motion. Weeks later, she’s doing multiple laps around the gym. And each time she comes in, her smile gets a little brighter. Here was someone so down on her health unable to do much of anything, now feeling on top of the world and celebrating all of her accomplishments.
Both of these ladies showed me that when times seem fearful and you feel you don’t have the strength to go on – don’t give up. Sometimes you have to take that first step in order for blessings to come your way. Remember, an object in motion stays in motion but you have to start moving first!