Thanks, Ian

by twofiftyorless

A kind gentleman recently inquired as to the web address of this blog. He and I associate in other “circles” where I had stopped “advertising” my blog. Respectfully, I thanked him for his interest stating:

I took it (the link) down because I had put on 10 pounds (as has my dog, sadly), am learning new doc system for new job, studying a bit for a DNM course in Quebec and trying to read up on Simple Contact for application (not just philosophy, as I had done previously)…I figured if I stop updating the page I would not continue to [advertise it].

I probably should have also mentioned that I am not as unhappy as I was before with my work. I am having a blast spending more time with my family and the time that I have not been writing for myself I have spent translating/transcribing other people’s works to digital formats for my own personal use/growth.

Still, later that day, I was haunted by my own words. The evidence of a lack of discipline, I was reminded of  this quote, attributed to George Allen that used to hang in the gym in the outpatient clinic where I used to work:

A workout is 25 percent perspiration and 75 percent determination. Stated another way, it is one part physical exertion and three parts self-discipline. Doing it is easy once you get started.

A workout makes you better today than you were yesterday. It strengthens the body, relaxes the mind, and toughens the spirit. When you work out regularly, your problems diminish and your confidence grows.

A workout is a personal triumph over laziness and procrastination. It is the badge of a winner– the mark of an organized, goal-oriented person who has taken charge of his, or her, destiny.

A workout is a wise use of time and an investment in excellence. It is a way of preparing for life’s challenges and proving to yourself that you have what it takes to do what is necessary.

A workout is a key that helps unlock the door to opportunity and success. Hidden within each of us is an extraordinary force. Physical and mental fitness are the triggers that can release it.

A workout is form of rebirth. When you finish a good workout, you don’t simply feel better, YOU FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF.

I thought it was interesting what happened when I substituted “writing” for “a workout”:

Writing is…75 percent determination…three parts self-discipline. Doing it is easy once you get started.

Writing makes you better today than you were yesterday. It…relaxes the mind, and toughens the spirit. When you write regularly, your problems diminish and your confidence grows.

Writing is a personal triumph over laziness and procrastination. It is the badge of a winner– the mark of an organized, goal-oriented person who has taken charge of his, or her, destiny.

Writing is a wise use of time and an investment in excellence. It is a way of preparing for life’s challenges and proving to yourself that you have what it takes to do what is necessary.

Writing is a key that helps unlock the door to opportunity and success. Hidden within each of us is an extraordinary force. Physical and mental fitness are the triggers that can release it.

Writing is form of rebirth. When you finish writing, you don’t simply feel better, YOU FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF.

The more I thought about it, the more I missed this blog…or…at least I miss who I might be if I were to continue.

To be honest, though, I rarely feel better about myself when I am done.

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