#251: Reaching for Life's Brass Ring

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Remember riding the carousel when we were youngsters?

Round and round and round it went while music played. Some horses were bolted to the floor and didn't move -- better for the really young kids -- while others moved up and down on a silver pole while the carousel went round and round and kids shrieked in delight and parents held on to the youngest ones on their immobile steeds or watched with happy faces from the sides of the ride, waving with joy when their child came around.

Sometimes there was a brass ring attached to another pole off to one side of the carousel. Riders would try to reach out and grab it as they went by. I never saw anyone actually grab the brass ring and so don't know what would have happened if they had. But it held a promise of untold riches to the person fortunate enough to grab it.

Some of us in our daily routines seem to simply go through the motions, like the carousel horses bolted to the floor. Oh, sure, we're moving around in a circle but aren't truly making progress toward a better life.

Some of are making an effort, like the horses that did move up and down while going round and round. But again, is this actually moving forward or simply staying put in one place?

Whether it's a journey of self-improvement, weight loss or better health, standing pat does not move us onward and upward. Anyone can be stagnant and think they are progressing, like walking in place. Sure, it's better than not walking, but doesn't get us anywhere and doesn't use all of our physical functions as does walking on a treadmill or outside or running or biking do.

Making actual progress takes us out of our comfort zones and into areas of dining and exercise unfamiliar to us.

So, when we reach for the brass ring of our fitness journey, will grabbing it lead us toward our goals?

Or will we still be fooling ourselves with the illusion that we're making progress when all we're doing is going round and round, standing still and stagnating?
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    I grabbing for that ring!
    4053 days ago
    I am making progress EACH and EVERY day I bring awareness to my efforts! No, I am not 'perfect', but I am headed in the right direction... learning from my mistakes, getting up... and moving on!


    Thanks for that reminder!
    4054 days ago
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    I sometimes feel like I'm going round and round again, staying in place no matter how hard I try to break the cycle. But lately I feel like I can move on and make a difference in my own life, and that belief is growing stronger and stronger every day.

    Thank you for sharing, Lou.
    4054 days ago
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    I actually believe I am on a merry-go-round right now and want to get off but am not sure of what to change.
    4054 days ago
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    I really like that point of view. Thank you for sharing
    4055 days ago
    When I think Merry-Go-Round... I think of the adventure of Mary Poppin's Jolly Holiday where the horses simply left the Carousal and went adventuring about the countryside. I don't believe in following the worn path so much as I believe in blazing my own trail. Life is about doing what is BEST for ourselves and those around us. It's about loving yourself enough to dream that impossible dream and then put action into those dreams! Thanks for always sharing such thought provoking blogs. Love, Dawn
    4055 days ago
    Lou, When I am not making progress, but continue to do the same things then I feel like I am on a Merry Go Round and to get off I must do something differently .

    “ There is only one kind of life that truly wins, and that is the one that places faith in the hands of the Savior. Until that is done, we are on an aimless course that runs in circles and goes nowhere.”
    John Wooden quotes (American , b.1910)

    4055 days ago
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    I think I was getting a bit stagnate but now I'm GOING FOR THE RING!

    We can do th is! emoticon emoticon for the post
    4055 days ago
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