REFINEMENT: Growing Better doesn’t necessarily mean Growing Bigger

When you search for the definition of refinement, this is what you find:  The act of refining or removing impurities.  To me, refinement = polishing.  You’ve heard the famous quote from Micheallangelo, When someone asked Michaelangelo how he created the David from a hunk of stone, the artist replied, “I just kept chipping away at whatever was not David.”

Chipping away at whatever it is not.

Chipping away whatever it is not.

Fitness is a big part of my life.  In fact, I enjoy competing in natural bodybuilding competitions.  I have been training with weights since I was 18 years old and this year I am 42.  Every time I compete, I try to improve upon how I presented myself in my last competition. Each year I try to get a little stronger.  Each year I try to get a little better and a little better.  But that doesn’t necessarily mean a little bigger.  It’s a quest for refinement.  To polish what I have to its very, very best potential!

In order to improve, you continually try new things, reach just outside your comfort zone and GROW into the results!  Not necessarily growing BIGGER… growing BETTER.  Without this process, muscles would atrophy, shrivel up and die.  With this refinement process they GROW STRONGER… BETTER… and FLOURISH!   And, with any luck, I’ll do well in my next competition.

I wonder if Gibsons could learn from a bodybuilding lifestyle?

What do YOU think?

 

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