On Monday, I was walking down the hall and overheard a guest encouraging another guest to try Aqua Zumba. “It’s so much fun!” she said, “You’re able to move in the water the way you want to on land, without the fear of hurting yourself. I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun – I used to love to go dancing.”
At the manager’s reception, several guests mentioned how much they enjoyed the chicken meatballs from the night before, which continued further to discussions on how to implement healthy food at home that still tastes great.
Today, a staff member complimented a guest on her appearance…. Not her weight, her appearance. She noticed how much more energy the guest has, as well as the way she is carrying herself – with more confidence – just in the past 2 weeks.
You know what’s really cool about all that? The reactions. Every day a guest at H3 is encouraged by one of their peers to go out on a limb and try something new. Every day a guest is amazed at how good the food is, and at the fact that they are not hungry with only 1200 calories. Every day a guest has a moment of clarity when they realize they can actually do this at home. Every day a guest reflects on where they were and how far they’ve come – if only after a couple of days.
We often do not take the time in our daily lives to try something “off course” or linger a moment to enjoy a meal or even take a second to notice a change, let alone make a comment about it. But these are markers of success, growth… change. So today, pat someone on the back (if even yourself), think a bit outside the box, and acknowledge one positive today.