Sometimes it is hard to find the path in life. One benefit of a near-death experience for me was clarity of what is important and where I want to go.
Right after my heart attack, I often said I could deal with anything as long as I got to raise my daughters with Clay. I also felt a huge obligation to give back for the opportunity to do just that.
Over the last ten years I’ve tried to stay on the path – focusing on my family and on my mission to help other women lead healthier lives. Sometimes the path was easier to see than others, but I’ve clung to my favorite mantra:
Life is not about perfection.
It’s about moving in the right direction.
Yes, I know where I want to go, but some days I find myself stepping off the path. Distractions pull me away. I say yes more often than I should and spread myself too thin. Sometimes I’m just tired and don’t have the energy to do what is needed.
Yet, I always come back to the path. Even when I doubt I am making a difference – the path always calls me back. I try very hard not to beat myself up for those momentary side-trips and just get back to walking my path.
More than ever, I’m dedicated to being the wife and mom my family deserves. I am committed to sharing my story and message with as many people as I can.
Are you walking on your path? Take time to think about what is most important to you. Don’t beat yourself up for taking some steps off your path – get back on and head the right direction – that would be a great gift!
Eliz Greene survived a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggled to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and searched for a way to hold on to the perspective and passion she found in her near-death experience. Drawing on her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.