At the health club I attend, folks are constantly taking turns using the 20lb and 25lb weights. There are many sets of these, and they look worn out and sometimes broken. And yet, people keep fighting for them.
At the other end of the rack, you can find the heavy dumbbells. Those weigh between 80 to 150lb. There’s just one set of each weight. Yet nobody fights for those. They just sit there, waiting.
They are there waiting for the folks who train the hardest. Those people just walk in and grab the shiny weights, while the rest of us fight for the beat up ones.
I have found that life tends to be like that as well. The scarcest, shinier things tend to be available for the taking, only if you have worked hard enough to be in position to make use of them.
Keep working hard, keep getting better, keep working at excellence. Then stroll in and grab your shiny weights.
I have come to realize that giving up things for lent is not about suffering. It’s not even about sacrificing as an end on itself.
Instead, sacrifice is a means to an end.
All things worth pursuing require some level of sacrifice. Exercising sacrifice makes us better at becoming better.
So if you look at giving up things as an exercise of becoming better, the sacrifice becomes more palatable, and even exciting.
So try giving up something good for the sake of something better. You will yourself become better in the process.
I used to walk myself to school in 6th grade.
My grandpa used to take me fishing.
I used to ride bikes with my friends around the neighbourhood.
I think we talk about things we “used to do” as if they happened an unlimited number of times.
The truth is, you walked to school in 6th grade 76 times (or whatever number is correct). Your grandpa took you fishing 6 times. You rode your bike with your friends 156 times.
Everything we do or did, we do for a discrete, limited number of times. First we didn’t do the thing, then we did it, and then we didn’t do it anymore.
All we do have a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Most of the frustrations I’ve had in life regarding things I wanted to accomplish, can be traced to my unwillingness to admit that the goals were discrete, finite. As soon as I made a plan based on a goal being finite and discrete, I was able to make progress. My brain was able to wrap around the idea and get me into action.
The latest example has been exercising.
We often think of exercising as something we “need to start doing.” And we don’t.
We don’t because it’s not something we “need to start doing.” It’s something that if we do, we’ll do a certain number of times.
I’d been struggling to getting back to exercising since stopping CrossFit, and when I saw my friend Leslie finishing a 100-day workout challenge, that spoke to me. So I decided to do the same.
At the end of January, I decided I’d work out every day for 100 days. And boy, have I stuck with it. It’s now day 17 and I’m so pumped.
Are you trying to start something? Are you stuck? Are you overwhelmed? Turn it into a finite project. You will make progress, and your brain and your body will thank you.
The past few days have been great for winter outings: sticky snow on the ground and positive temperatures. So we went tobogganing and built snowmen.
Today was workout 8 out of 100. I went to the gym for about 45 minutes.
I was a member of the military for 13 years. I participated in countless Remembrance Day parades. I stood at attention under snowfall by the cenotaph, and honoured those who died to protect our freedom.
Yet nothing came close to bringing it home than this audio series by Dan Carlin. It’s called Blueprint for Armageddon and it analyzes in details the beginnings of World War I, the history, the unbelievable carnage of its battles, the humanity lost, and it really makes you think about the price that was paid.
I cannot recommend it enough.
The series is comprised by 6 episodes, and each episode is over 3 hours long, so prepare yourself.
Here’s the link to Dan Carlin’s website. You can also look it up in iTunes.
Every year we try to take a picture on Easter Sunday.
Earlier this year we invested in a used piano. I knew nothing about buying pianos (I’m not even a piano player) so I had to do some research on how to look for the right piano and ensure I wasn’t spending too much and buying a lemon.
What I gathered may be helpful to you, so I am creating this checklist on what to look for when sourcing a used piano: