I did not feel like exercising this morning…but I did it anyway and I am glad! In fact, I must say, that I have never worked out and not felt better afterwards-both mentally and physically.
I was first introduced to this book, Younger Next Year, (and there is one for men, too!) when I was turning 5-0 a few years back, and I have referred to it off and on through the years. My copy is tattered, highlighted, and marked up. One of the main points that I go back to is their emphasis on exercise and movement. The authors state boldly that FITNESS brings GROWTH, whereas lack of it, brings DECAY. I want growth…and I’ll bet that you do, too! Fitness in the winter might be walking around your local mall a few times first thing in the morning, bundling up and meeting a girlfriend for a power walk, or simply marching in place while you catch up on your favorite show on television. However you choose to make it happen, 30 minutes of daily movement can have an enormous impact on how we feel.
So let’s do it anyway, even when we don’t feel like it!
This reminds me of another kind of “DO IT ANYWAY!”
As we journey through life, we will often encounter what I call “sand paper people”. You know, those that can be difficult to get along with no matter what. These folks need love just like the rest of us. In our home, we have the following framed in our living room area. I try to read it often, as I walk right by it, because it reminds me of fitting ways to LIVE and LOVE.
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered, forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends, and some true enemies, succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight, build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway.
The good you do today people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway.
GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU HAVE, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
it was never just between you and them anyway.
Mother Teresa (1910-1997)