Sunday, April 05, 2009
In a book I am reading, one of the characters advises a neophyte detective "Start with what you you know.". This is good advice in all of life's endeavors. As I read those words, my mind drifted back to high school geometry. We basically started out with a few givens in September and starting with what we knew, the givens, and the appropriate formulae, by June we had proved all of the theorems, axioms and postulates of Plane Geometry. So it can be with and quest for knowledge or any goal. Start with what you you know.
A newcomer to a gym or health club can be intimidated by all of the machinery and the lingo but there is something in the gym to which you have been exposed before. Start there. Observe what the others are doing and then when you feel comfortable, move on to another piece of equipment. Pretty soon, you will be the one the newcomers are looking at in awe and asking how does he or she know how to use all of this equipment?
Eating regimens are the same. Start with what you know. Begin eating the foods you like and slowly add new items to your diet. If you are a rural America meat and potatoes type of person, you can start adding small amounts of fruit and vegetables and in side of thirty or forty-five days you will be eating a balanced diet. But of you immediately change to an all vegan diet including bean sprouts, tofu, couscous and other items which are totally foreign, within ten days you will be back on the meat and potatoes diet.
Start with what you know.