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Persistence


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I'm enjoying the thoughtful comments on blogs from SparkFriends and in particular the message boards in my new At Goal and Maintaining team.

It's very helpful to be part of a community of people who are trying to be healthy, know it's not always easy, expect setbacks but are by and large persistent in pursuing their goals.

I have a lot to learn here and I'm enjoying it. In a former career I was an art history teacher and of course one of the great architectural accomplishments of Western history was the building of the Gothic cathedrals. A process of trial and error, with spectacular failures when early efforts at building those soaring Gothic arches frequently unsuccessful. Gothic cathedrals were largely the product of anonymous and communal effort by people from all walks of life -- peasant through kings. And none of them was ever completed.

The internet generally -- Wikipedia -- and sites like SparkPeople make me think about those anonymous and communal efforts to create something inspiring -- beyond the abilities of any one of us individually.
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CHRYS13 7/29/2009 9:57PM

    Beautiful analogy. Thank-you! Yes, we all need each other.

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THATCARRIEGIRL 7/29/2009 9:07PM

    Excellent analogy. If you think about it, even when we reach our goal weight, the process is not completed. It is a lifelong endeavor, and while it may get easier over time, I think we have all learned that those unwanted pounds can sneak back up on us in a flash if we do not guard against them.



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WACHSC 7/29/2009 8:43PM

    Loved the way you tied SP to art and architecture ! Thanks for putting this into words.
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