A New Year’s Wish


Since I started my training journey and my little Movablebeast company, I have often found my self describing my clients as my angels, touchstones supporting my journey (literally in my car house to house), throughout my day. Yesterday on the train back from Toronto and an impromptu Christmas treat of seeing the Nutcracker, I reflected on the people who move through my days as a trainer. These are not only people I train, but the whole gamut of familiar gym goers, clients of other trainers, colleagues, facility owners, and those devoted to maintaining good health.

Indeed my clients have been my angels; they have sustained me throughout my years as a trainer, with their laughs, their conversation, their input and also the coffee and snacks they tend to offer (not to mention paying for my services). My clients make my days pass relatively pain free, and though I am tired at the end of a long day, I can say I am happily tired.

But it is the others as well, the ones I see day to day where I train, who support with a glance, a kind (or sarcastic) word, a joke, a bit of flattery, a well earned criticism. It seems we are all there, sustaining one another not just through wellness, but through life.

A glance, nod or wink may seem trivial at the time, but it is the stuff of support and unspoken energy, that contributes to the ease with which we return each day to do one more rep.

I’ve had clients do a spell of training with me, and because of scheduling or finances or any other variables, do not continue. Some rebook later down the road or keep their options open. But just the fact of meeting and getting to know some of these, yes, angels, I have come to realize that I am living some kind of charmed life; I am constantly exposed to a variety of wisdom, intellect and humour that has enriched my life a thousand fold. Some of us have wept together and most of us have giggled uncontrollably at some point.

If you are reading this and you are on my trek, throughout my day, or my life, then you know who you are and you should know how much I value the smiles, the recipes, the unspoken raised eyebrows, the book loans, the shoulders to cry on, the shared confidences, your boundless wisdom and mostly your friendship.

This year, two of my clients passed away, yet their impact has been far reaching and, sad as I have been, I am also baffled that I had the good fortune to ever cross paths. I am still living under the sway of conversations we had so many months ago.

My wish is that we all continue this journey and find support when and where we need it, to continue, in spite of the physical challenges which will present themselves, and the other challenges that we are all familiar with. May your road be filled with the kind of good fortune mine has been blessed with, may the community of angels sustain you throughout.

Published by: Andrew Binks

I am a writer living in rural Ontario, 2 hours east of Toronto. I was born and raised in Ottawa but spent the last 15 years in BC. Glad to be back. My first novel, The Summer Between, was published in 2009 by Nightwood Editions. My website is www.andrewbinks.ca My fiction and non-fiction have been published in Joyland, Galleon, Fugue, Prism International, Harrington Gay Men's Literary Quarterly (U.S.), Bent-magazine, The Globe and Mail, and Xtra, among others. I am a past honorable mention of the Writer's Union of Canada's short prose contest, Glimmertrain’s Family Matters contest, finalist in the Queen's University Alumni Review poetry contest, and This Magazine’s “Great Canadian Literary Hunt.” My poetry has also appeared in Quill's “Lust” issue and Velvet Avalanche Anthology. Harvard Square Editions will be publishing a chapter from one of my novels in their upcoming anthology "A Voice from the Planet," this fall. My satirical play, Reconciliation, about Native land claims, Japanese internment, and political corruption, was read this spring in Toronto as part of the Foundry play-reading series. My play Pink Blood received a public reading, from Screaming Weenie Productions in Vancouver this June. I spoke at the AWP conference in New York City in 2008 on the merits and challenges of multi-genre writing programs.


4 thoughts on “A New Year’s Wish”

  1. Oh Andrew! You are without a doubt an angel yourself. I love seeing you at they gym and you are always ready to smile, chat, joke or just support me in my own journey to wellness. I am blessed with gym sisters, gym buddies,gym staff who all make our day so great. When I walk in the door, I feel good. People like you help make me feel even better. You inspire me, I love being one of your angels! You are a special person in my life as well❣️❣️❣️


  2. Well said Andrew:) I think the same way everyday. We are truely blessed to know and share with everyone that we do.The laughter and winks are the best. Merry Christmas and all the best.


  3. Merry Christmas Andrew. Your words are filled with joy, gratitude and healing. I’m grateful to have you in my life even though we only touch base every decade or so. The love is still there. Your friend, Jane


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