26 Aug Birds of a Feather
“Birds of a feather flock together.” Don’t you just love when a proverb is easy to remember and repeatedly relevant in our lives? While there are a variety of sayings that ring true when it comes to habit building and pursuing a lifestyle of wellness, we want to highlight this old adage this week.
Have you ever noticed that when you’re surrounded with like-minded people the energy and momentum to stick with challenging things comes easier? Boot camp is a prime example of this. There are moments when you probably feel like stopping or not showing up altogether, but when you look around or think about the people you work out with, you might reconsider stopping or no-showing and then do the hard thing to keep going.
Another way “birds of a feather” may present in your life is when you are determined to achieve a wellness goal, such as eating more nutritious food. If your “birds” ie. the support system of family, friends, colleagues, etc. also have an interest in their nutrition, then you’re more likely to prep/cook meals at home, bring lunch with you to work, or intentionally choose restaurants with healthy food options because you’re doing it alongside others.
And when the going gets tough, if you have a “bird” or two to talk through the roadblocks, cheer you on, and hold you accountable, then chances are you’ll be able to look back on that moment and see how far you’ve come because you made it through to the other side.
The majority of us have an inner desire to live in community with others. We don’t need to have a large group of support, but “everybody needs somebody sometimes.” If you’re not sure who your “birds” are that are pursuing wellness with you, this is a great time to consider who that is or brainstorm who that could be. Chances are if you are looking for support, someone else is too, so look around during the healthy activities you engage in and maybe you could be that person for someone – and that might be the start of a beautiful, healthy thing.
By Victoria Emmitt RD