The new Periodic Table of TOPS is coming along nicely. In the science world, all elements are not compatible or pleasant, such as S for sulfur. The smell of rotten eggs and caustic properties made this element a challenge to use when I was in the laboratory. Luckily, in TOPS Nation, S symbolizes Support, which provides a key basic element to the success of my journey to a healthier lifestyle.
When I have a task to do, it’s always better to have others involved. It doesn’t matter if it’s a pleasant one or a challenging one. When I’m traveling and something wonderful happens, I can’t help but think, “Wow, my wife would enjoy this.” Conversely, if something difficult takes place, I cannot but help say, “I wish my wife was here to help.”
Humans are naturally social beings. Interactions with others are a great learning tool. Seeking Support should be a natural tendency. However, it was much easier to ask for support for a pleasant project as opposed to something personal like weight loss.
Managing my weight and seeking a healthier lifestyle is a challenge, and I really do not want to do it alone. Wanting not to do it alone and being willing to ask for help unfortunately was — and continues to be — a challenge.
I must always remember it’s not a sign of weakness asking for support. Asking for support is a sign of strength. Interacting with others that have the same goals can provide valuable insight on how best to achieve my own purpose.
S symbolizing Support can come in many different shapes. A word of encouragement, sharing an idea, a hug, a pat on the back, or a simple smile can help. Just knowing that I am not alone on this quest makes it more bearable. It takes a great deal of support to overcome the battle scars obtained during the war against obesity.
Refracting over my life, there were times I needed support that wasn’t just related to obesity. I’m extremely fortunate that my wife supported me on all my journeys.
I can honestly state that if it was not for her support and the support TOPS provides, I may not be alive today. I’m reminded of this when I meet someone I knew more than twenty years ago. Usually, they remark that I am looking good and they thought I would not make it past my mid-fifties.
In closing, I hope you all find the support you need — and support someone in need.
This is part 3 of the multipart series, “The Periodic Table of TOPS.” In my next blog, we’ll explore the element C.
By Donna R. Gregory May 8, 2022
The support I received on my way to goal is missed now. The thought of making it, is support enough.
By Kathy Healey April 29, 2022
Thanks again Rick for your words of encouragement and support – it is always a good thing to ask for support but also it seems to be the hardest thing for some people. I look forward to your news every Friday, it is much appreciated. Cheers, Kathy in Canada
By Mary April 29, 2022
Love the periodic table talks.
By Karen Tinlin April 29, 2022
Absolutely! What I give to TOPS, I receive back ten fold in support. I don’t know what I’d do without it.