I’ve started working out with a couple of dear friends. I love them and enjoy our time together, but I often get frustrated with myself by how far I’ve “fallen” in terms of my strength, flexibility, stamina, etc. over the last few years.
This week, after our workout and being determined to come away with a positive outlook, I texted them to let them know how much easier it is for me to get up and down off the floor than when we first started a couple of months ago.
My friend typed back: “We call that an NSV.” I had no idea what that meant, so I sent her the obvious response: “?.”
She said the acronym stood for: a “non scale victory.” I love that. Not so much that it had anything to do with a scale, but that I had something to count as a victory. A bright spot in the space of an otherwise frustrating and darker reality.
More attention should be paid to the victories in our daily lives. If we really look for them, they’re everywhere! My boss said something incredibly condescending to me this week and I almost shot back with a witty jab. But, I kept my mouth shut and decided not to get angry about it. Victory. I drove to work without experiencing road rage. Victory.
For me, a lot of these small triumphs (at least this week) have more to do with inaction vs. action. The good news is, they all count.
The most important victory is not one I have earned myself, but it is one that I can claim. And that victory gives me light and hope in an otherwise dark world.
The light can be inescapable, warming my skin, but sometimes, I must squint and struggle to recognize the glow. It is at those times, when the light is still barely visible, that I count those the biggest triumphs of all.
Be well, my friends. Enjoy your weekend and remember that even failures, as we know them, can be victories in the making. ❤
“The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.” – Joseph Joubert
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”- John 16:33