So my love language is Acts of Service – thank you Gary Chapman; followed closely by quality time. Receiving gifts speak to me when it is apparent the gift is about thought and understanding of who I am as a person and has an emotional element to it. Physical touch, well I’m not a hugger unless you are a child.. then you get all the hugs and words of affirmation, other than a thank you, roll off of me. I guess that explains why I am unable to latch onto any of the popular self-help, motivating folks out there.
I’ve been living a healthy lifestyle for a while now, lost some weight, increased my physical activity by finding things I love to do, developed a new eating pattern, focused on delicious and nutritious food. I refuse to “diet”. Cooking for me excites my creative side and I thoroughly enjoy the experience from start to finish (well not the dirty dishes, but you get my drift). As part of this lifestyle I belong to many pages and groups and I find it so very fascinating learning about how others follow their path. I do not compare myself to their journey, I am just genuinely interested in what drives people and why they make the choices they make. I am truly happy in their successes and I emphasize with them when they struggle. But I may not be the best cheerleader. I have a hard time sometimes articulating simple statements that one might consider motivating.
I find motivation in the details, the what some might consider, the every day mundane details. I look for the ebb and flow of life that indicates #itsallweightrelated. I do like the occasional motivational quote, but I’m a conversationalist so I am more attracted to statements that strike up dialogue rather than a mic drop…
I wish I could find motivation in a profound quote with a pretty picture, but I would be lying if I said that seeing something like that is a catalyst for me to get up and do what needs to be done. Are you motivated by these things? Do you see a quote and have that aha moment? I am more of an internal analyst. I need to think things through and have a conversation with myself. I spend quiet time alone with God, through prayer and reflection I figure out what or how to be motivated and then make the decision what to do next.
There are no right or wrong answers about what is motivating, it is a very personal experience. It just needs to speak to us on a level that gets us moving in the right direction… so tell me – what motivates you?