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Just that extra step...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

I guess one of my pet peeves of late is seeing people NOT going that extra step or people deciding that "item x" is S.E.P (somebody else's problem). Not so much where I work, but just in general.

There is a guy who lives in my building who meticulously sweeps and neatens his little porch and yet flicks his cigarette butts out onto the grass of the complex. His SEP field starts where his porch ends.

At the park this morning, which happens to be next to a Sonic, there was a burger wrapper not 4 feet from a trash can... that person's SEP field started right about his skin.

Yesterday at IKEA, the couch I bought (which came in a huge box) fell off the cart in the traffic lane, 3 cars went around me before a very nice gentleman came to help me. Their SEP field started right outside their cars.

And in general, many people who are in poor health and need exercise and a healthy diet, always find something else to blame it on, rather than just taking that extra step even for their own health and for their loved ones.

I love the fact that this season's theme on Biggest Loser is "No Excuses"... heaven knows I make my own pile of them each time I decided not to exercise, but I try not to couch them as excuses as a decision that I have made for this moment. And I work to turn the bad behaviors around ASAP... because it's true also that we all need an indulgence day or a day off from the hard work of losing or maintaining weight.

The extra step is good for us and those around us, be it holding a door open for someone with their hands full or taking a brisk walk at lunch. So take that extra step for everyone, including yourself! You will be glad that you did!
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    "If a man really wants something he will find a way, if he doesn't he will find an excuse." Stephen Dolley, Jr.

    The world is full of people who say they want to do something, but...........
    Wonder what would happen if "want" was stricken from our language and people had to use will in its place.

    People leaving trash really bothers me too. We rode the train from Chicago to San Francisco- you should have seen all the trash along the tracks - refrigerators, cars, tires, etc. Some people from Sweden were looking out at the mess, shocked at what Americans did with their junk.
    2124 days ago
  • COOP9002
    That's some good advice. It's always good to go above and beyond what others expect.
    2128 days ago
    So true, if we all just looked around and did one thing that wasn't "ours" how much better off would we all be?
    2128 days ago
    you are SO right...taking that extra step sometimes is a hard step to do but when it's done, it makes all the difference in the world....literally.

    All we can do is be the example and hopefully others will notice and pay it forward too.
    2128 days ago
    My least favorites have been dirty diapers. One I found on a highway clean-up day, thrown at the side of the road perhaps 50 yards from a convenience store with trash cans between the pumps. The other was in a pile of discarded packaging for camping items (tent, Coleman stove, etc) in Three Creeks Nature Area, after the Powers that Be decided it needed a real parking lot. Apparently that meant that it was now "civilized" enough to trash. What are people thinking when they do these things?
    2128 days ago
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