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Licking Wounds

In the quiet recesses of my mind
There are streams of comfort,
Cool refreshment
To a parched soul.

Water rippling around rocks,
Never stopping,
Charting paths,
Maintaining flow.

Within those moments,
I lick my wounds,
Scars of the day,
Scratches of pain.

Ointment from my tongue of thought,
Soothes and heals,
Repairs the damage,
Even if only temporary.

“Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.”
William Powell

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From Umm to Umph!

There is huge difference between wanting to do something and actually doing it. There are so many goals I have for myself. I want to improve in many aspects of my life. (time management, exercise, writing, and the list goes on!)

But once you have decided what your goals are and even gone a step further and written them down, how do you get to the part where you actually work toward them? I want to go from point A to point B but somehow I never leave A. What stops me? What stops you? How do we kick that roadblock out of the way?

Well my problem is where is that roadblock? If I knew what was keeping me from moving forward I would jump over, go around or push it to the side. What impedes progress? Is it laziness? Is it a lack of wanting it? What is it?

Frankly, I don’t know what it is, but instead of saying to myself “OK tomorrow I am going to do this!”
I am now going to say: “Right now is the time to go workout!” “Right this minute I will clean out that messy closet!” Not tomorrow, because tomorrow may never come!

What in your life do you need to go from “Ummm” to “Umph”? Let’s do this! Take that goal and start today, right now!

See ya! I’m going to start on my goals!

You need to be Committed!

Whenever I start a new project I am so excited about getting all the materials together for it. It is so fun to go out and buy all the items and equipment I need. In fact, sometimes that is the highlight and climax of the whole project.

Once all of my planning and purchases are made, too often my excitement is then gone and there I sit with all of my new tools of the trade, but not having the motivation or energy to go forth and complete my new endeavor. How messed up is that? But can you relate? I do this all the time over and over and especially with exercise equipment.

One of my recent “new projects” was the new Asylum workout DVDs and program kit by Shaun T.
I had completed the Insanity workout program and loved it so that when I saw the add for this one I was very excited. I immediately ordered it and looked forward to receiving it in the mail. I planned in my head how I was going to get up each morning and do my fun, new, exciting workout and how I was going to get in great shape and feel wonderful about my new, stronger, healthier, leaner body!

Well, the day arrived and UPS knocked on my door and handed me my fabulous workout kit that I had been so looking forward to receiving. I opened up the box and looked through all the pretty DVDs and the beautiful case they were in. I pulled out the training ladder and jump rope, and got those all set up and even put up the training calendar on my wall! I was going to get up the next morning and begin my new workout program.

That next morning, one thing led to another, and I never did get to my workout that day or for the next month!
Finally after about 2 months I tried it for the first time and it was tough, but a great workout. Unfortunately I did not have commitment I needed to stay consistent and I quickly fizzled out.

Have you ever had this happen with new exercise equipment or any new project?

As Shaun T says… “you need to be committed”

What I do?

“It is not who I am but what I do that defines me.”

This is one of my favorite quotes and it comes from the Batman Returns movie.

Well then what is it that you do?

First off, let me say that I don’t mean this literally. This question is not asking if you play the guitar, or if you write novels, or if you have climbed the Himalayans. The “Do” in this question of mine is how do you act or conduct yourself? Batman’s response was to let it be known that one should not look upon his mask or heroic attire but to look at his conduct.

We don’t want people to judge us by our looks or our clothes or our financial wealth. We want them to look deeper and see the character behind that. That is what is truly important.

In about 30 seconds or less your brain can sum up the character of a total stranger. What do others learn from you in that thirty seconds?

A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
Henrik Ibsen

Passion or Passionate?

Do you have passion inside your heart, your soul, your body?
The answer is… of course you do!

BUT are you passionate and actually follow the desires of your innermost being?

As I constantly try to figure out life and all of its vast complexities, I ponder the thought of how I personally relate to it as being only one of the 13 billion people in the world. I wonder if I am only passionate in the small confines of the chamber of my head or do I passionately seek after that which I desire? What do YOU do?

Do you take those passions as whimsical thoughts that should be immediately dismissed from your mind’s processes because you think they are silly, irrational or stupid?

Do you think others will judge you and consider you foolish and poke fun at your attempts?

Do you let limitations or constraints set up by your own cruel inner self try to defeat you and tell you that you are not good enough, you do not deserve this happiness, you are unworthy?

The mind is so powerful. We can actually psych our own selves out into thinking anything we believe and the body will follow the mind.

Do we forget our personal potential and the greatness that can be us if we follow our God given talents and desires?

My question to myself and to you.. are you passionate?

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