One step at a time means to take life one day at a time and not to worry about the next step till i finish the first one, Its to remind me to live for the moment and Life takes patience.
"When our lives are difficult we feel as if things will never change. This, in turn, makes it harder for us to take the steps that might create the change we want. When we look back on our lives we see that we’ve had both good times and bad times, and things eventually got better. The passage of time helped, but we also acted in ways that moved us toward a happier place. "
Desiderata by Max Ehrmann
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
let’s talk about my training, shall we?
Okay I MUST remember to start updating about my training on here! Usually, I don’t just go to the gym, do whatever I want to do or am supposed to do, and leave without any real thoughts going on besides “ouch” “I wish I wasn’t hungover” and “damn that dude lifting is really hot.” Because, let’s be real, if my training was that monotonous, there would be no reason to post about it since what I’m doing isn’t all that impressive.
To get through my run today (3.5 miles in 40:50 on the dreadmill) I had to really dig deep both mentally and physically. Today’s run shouldn’t have been even semi-challenging, but I haven’t taken my training seriously until this week so I’m paying the price.
When running sucks (which, for me, is almost always at this point) these are some things that come to mind:
- “This sucks, I want to stop… But wait, this isn’t supposed to be easy.”
- I look down at my Love Is The Movement bracelet and remember I’m also doing this for something bigger than myself. I WISH I KNEW HOW. But the fact that I have even one person knowing and appreciating what I’m trying to do here makes all the difference.
- “You’re running 13.1 miles pretty damn soon, suck it up.”
- I think about how even this kind of physical and mental struggles do not compare with how a little over a year ago I couldn’t get myself to do more than simply lay in bed, eat, and sleep.
- “FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED!” (There’s so much to this one.)
I bolded “this isn’t supposed to be easy” because I think that is what’s going to get me through most of my workouts. It’s something I tend to forget and sort of refuse to acknowledge. I was a real competitive athlete until my life spiraled out of control and becoming one of the best in my grade or town in any sport I applied myself at wasn’t ever THAT hard. But now I’m 30 pounds overweight, doing something I used to hate with a passion and still don’t like, and I just really need to remember that. Always.