By. Garrett Guzman
Once a year, on the date of my birth, I like to reflect on the past year and the things that I have learned. Often, there is so much that I have learned through positive experiences, but there are also a few negative experiences that have been learning lessons for the future. As I reflect on my 33rdyear of life, I realize all that I have to be grateful for. First and foremost, I am thankful for my faith in the Lord, and my continued spiritual growth. Second, despite the many challenges I have encountered over the past several years, I am grateful for my health. While I have battled and continue to battle many autoimmune diseases, I am blessed to have access to the best healthcare and the knowledge to make these diseases controllable. Third, I am thankful for my wife Keesha (my dog Bella), my family, and my friends. I couldn’t imagine life without these deep relationships that provide many laughs when times are good, and a shoulder to lean on when times are tough. Fourth, I am thankful for the health and wellness business that my wife and I have created in Refined Fitness. Without question, we have the best TEAM in Dallas, and the best clients anyone could ask for. Our Refined Fitness team is not only incredibly educated and experienced, but they are also deeply passionate and caring. You simply won’t find this balance anywhere else! And our clients, the second you step into Refined Fitness, you know you have arrived at a place where everyone supports everyone. Our clients are family, and we not only push each other to be the best versions of ourselves, but we also support each other through life’s trials and tribulations. And last but not least, I am incredibly grateful for the many gifts that often get overlooked in life: a roof over my head, a comfortable bed to sleep in, food and drink for nourishment, a mode of transportation to get me where I need to go, a phone and computer to communicate with my loved ones, and so much more.
What I have learned most this 33rd year of life is gratefulness. I wake up every morning and go to bed every night writing in my gratitude journal. It has opened my eyes to the many blessings that God has given me. Despite the challenges that I encountered this past year, they pale in comparison to the blessings that I was showered with.
May my 34th year of life continue to teach me the most important lesson in life: “We live in a changing world, but we need to be reminded that the important things have not changed, and the important things will not change if we keep our priorities in proper order.” – S. Truett Cathy