Many people with weight problems also find themselves isolated and lonely. It makes sense that if you don't feel good about yourself, you'd rather not share yourself with others. It also makes sense that with the extra weight--it's just plain hard to get up and go. I want to encourage you to take a look outside. Look outside your window – there's a whole big world out there. There's a world of nature: trees, flowers, birds, plants, fresh air and sunlight. A world full of other people who also have problems; some visible, some not. Many who are also feeling isolated and lonely; people who would love someone to share their life with in a friendly way. Look outside yourself – know that you are not alone with your troubles. Know that there are millions of people experiencing difficulties, too. Know that there's a loving Spirit, always there, caring for you. Tapping into this Spirit and asking for assurance and care will help you reach outside yourself.

- Norris Chumley

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