More food for thought

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Today I'm going to share a few more quotes I have come across and added to the inspiration pages in the composition book I keep for Spark People. They are all, coincidentally, by Mark Twain. Who, while he did have many flaws of his own was only human and, all things considered, quite an amazing man.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

I think that in the last month I've been working at my Spark People goals I've come closer to achieving the sentiments in that quote than I ever have before. I have been less self conscious about exercising, because I need to do it no matter how goofy I feel. I've been more capable of excepting how my body looks at the moment because I know I'm doing something about it. I've pushed my comfort boundaries as far as work goes, accepting a job (even if it is part time and seasonal) at a place where I am extremely intimidated by the average attractiveness level of both the employees and the clientele, somewhere I have to dress up and look professional when I am rarely comfortable in anything but a jeans and t-shirt style ensemble. I have pushed myself to be more physically active even though my health problems greatly limit what I am capable of and my energy levels. While these are all extremely small steps a lot of people would say were worth noting, I know how big they are to me!

"A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval." -Mark Twain

Again with the body image issues. I'm trying very, very hard to accept my body as it is in the moment because I know that I am working my hardest to change the things about it that I do not like.

"A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape." -Mark Twain

An excellent reminder that it takes time to become who we want to be, to modify life long bad habits into the good ones that fit a healthy lifestyle.

Last but not least, and something still along the same vein as the last quote:
"No sinner is ever saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon." -Mark Twain

Don't count on getting anywhere significant right off the bat. However, you do have to make it through the beginning to get to the end. Keep going!
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