Yes, sometimes they can come out with doozies in public. But sometimes, there is wisdom there. One of our grandsons, nicknamed Mort, has always been older than the years he’s lived, so it pays to listen when he has something to say. The quiet child of the family, his comments can be easily overshadowed by his older brother, who has been talking nearly non-stop since he learned how to talk.
I recently started a new fitness program–the 21 Day Fix–which is a tough workout. I am sore all over. Trust me on this. Who thought a bedroom on the second floor was a great idea? I seriously considered sliding down the banister this morning.
After my workout, our daughter phoned and we talked about exercising. She quoted the old saying, “Sweat is fat cells crying.”
And then she added Mort’s saying.
“Pain is weakness leaving the body.”
It’s all in your perception. Before I began my workout this morning, I was still very sore from the days before. If I had been asked if I felt like working out, the answer would have been “no.”
If the question had been, “Do you feel you can manage today’s workout?” the answer would have been the same.
But the question of the day was, “Are you going to give it all you’ve got?”
The answer to that was a resounding, “Yes!”
And I did well. I finished the workout, part of it with modifications. But I did it! Once I decided that this was what was going to happen, the mind drove the body. Because sometimes, if we listen to the body, we’ll give up before we try. There are always excuses.
- I’m too tired.
- I’m too sore.
- I don’t feel good.
- I don’t have time.
But I am determined to finish this program. It’s 21 days, half an hour a day. To quote from one of my novels, “Let me tell you a secret,” Jareth said. “If you look at it this way, it’s easier. Just remember you can withstand anything as long as you know it will end. As long as you know the condition is temporary, you can do anything you need to do. The power to do it is within you.”–from Viviane, First Lady
There is a lot of truth in that. I know that at the most I have 30 minutes of training each session. I can do anything for 30 minutes. Break it down even further. Each exercise lasts only 1 minute, or 60 seconds. I can do that. I can manage anything for 60 seconds.
Mind over matter. The concept is ancient, but it is still true.
Pain isn’t an evil thing to be avoided at all costs–at least in this instance. The muscles won’t get stronger unless they break down and rebuild. And that’s going to make them sore.
Hence, pain is weakness leaving the body.
I’m gonna lose a lot of weakness over the next 21 days. Who’s with me?
And if you’d like a copy of the book, Viviane, First Lady will be released later this month, and will soon be available on Amazon.com. Fantasy Romance on a highland world ruled by psychic leaders. Our fiery leading lady has just come into her psychic powers and struggles to gain control over them. One of these abilities is as an energy healer.
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Have a great week!