Tuesday, November 20, 2012
You may recognize this quote from City Slickers. And while it's kind of true, I'm going to mess with it a bit here as I discuss something I've noticed in my National Novel Writing Month (50k in 30 days) progress.
I've kept moving forward by seeing something I could do just out of reach. Perhaps what the hymn refers to with "I do not ask to see the distant scene, one step enough for me". The way it works with writing is that I can push to the next thousand, and the next thousand is never actually a thousand away. Because I can measure it in a daily word count, a file word count or my total overall word count. That is, I might be at 800 for the day, I can push on to 1000, which puts me at 4667 for the chapter and I can push on to 5000, which puts me at 24500 for total, and I can push on to 25000. (numbers not to scale).
So how can this be applied to nutrition and fitness goals? I see I do it, when I shoot for a meal calorie goal, or a number of calories to round out a meal, to get to the right number for the day. I do it with fitness to get to a calories burned for the week. I'm not as knowledgeable about the calories from fitness yet, but I'm still learning.
So I don't know exactly how to say what this one thing life is about. Maybe it's the principle that we get where we want to go not by going straight there, but by doing the thing that will take us there. Lincoln says a good thing about that to Thaddeus Stephens in the White House kitchen. Your compass may point north, but does not warn you of the bogs and obstacles that might stop you getting there. (quote also not to scale).