Good Evening Journal,
Today was day 3 for me of the Countdown to Christmas Challenge. I am so glad I joined because I can already see it's effect upon me. Big muscles? Increased endurance? Fantastic weight loss? No, not any of that... yet. But what I have already seen is it's effect on my attitude. I am determined to complete my goal, which is to exercise 5 days per week until Christmas Day.
I deliberately chose a goal over which I had a choice. One I could measure, keep track of, see the outcome. I had to reduce my expectations because my mind wanted to do more than my body was able. But I will focus on what I CAN do, not on what I can NOT do.
I once read a quote from a lady that lived to be 101 years old, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick McClure. She said:
"CAN'T never accomplished anything.
Life is grand, honey, if you don't weaken.
Never say can't."
I would love to have met her! I write a lot of things here that have to do with the kinds of qualities to which I aspire. That doesn't mean I have mastered them... just that they are my GOALS... things I admire. And her kind of attitude is definitely one that I admire.
A modern day motivational speaker (can't remember which one) put it this way:
"Believe in your limitations
and they are yours."
Just because I WANT to be able to do that hula hoop now, doesn't mean I CAN. No matter how many times I pick up that hula hoop from the floor, I haven't gotten the hang of it, yet. I am laughing myself silly over it, but there is no limitation to me TRYING, and having fun at it. There is no limitation to me improving from where I am at NOW.
Today while I danced along with Richard in Sweatin to the Oldies 2 (my favorite) my floating kneecap decided to dance left while I danced right. Sigh... So, I had a choice. Give up in frustration, anger and pain? Or sit back down, and finish "chair dancing" style. So I finished. I had to accept that my ol' bod couldn't keep up with my young-minds lofty ambitions.
That is why I am on this train of thought... because I have a stubborn streak... and I refuse to let this kind of thing stop me. One bum shoulder, one bum knee... hmmm, that still a lot of the rest of me that can wiggle to those Golden Oldies! :-)
From Dr Phil's book: "Be a part of the group who have the courage and determination to stay in the light."
My verse for today: "He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress."
My quote for today: "Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world."--Helen Keller
Enjoy the Journey,