Another rough month for me as far as getting out to walk for exercise. How about you?
I’ve learned, relatively recently, a definition of the word “excuse” that has really stuck with me and caused me to question myself and my words more than ever. Dani Johnson says, “Excuses are well-planned lies.” Do you agree? As for me, I’m finding that it’s mostly (if not always) true. When it comes right down to it, we make happen what is most important to us… don’t we?
For instance, my baby was sick for the majority of the month or March. So, I chose to stay in bed in the mornings to helping her sleep as much as possible. I’ve learned that water and sleep are THE two most healing things – especially for colds and the flu viruses. I could still have exercised. I chose not to. If I were to try to use the excuse that my baby was sick, I would use a well-planned lie because that’s really not why I didn’t exercise.
I didn’t exercise much this past month because I was more worried about making sure my baby could sleep than making sure I left for my walk. I chose not to use an exercise video because I don’t like to fight any more. You probably know that any time a Mama attempts to do anything for herself with her children about, there is a sort of fight. It may be as simple as the child following Mama to the bathroom every time she wants to use the toilet alone or it could be incessant interruptions while meditating, exercising, talking on the phone… whatever. So, I chose not to exercise because I didn’t want to deal with what I would’ve had to deal with to do so. I chose the easier way, but not necessarily the best way. Have you had any difficulties in which you’ve had to choose between exercising and something else that seemed also very important?
The whole month of March saw me out for my walk three times, maybe four. Oh, my friend, I hope you have been more successful! I hope you will share your success with me! I would like to rejoice with you!
Probably my greatest accomplishment is making it through The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for the first time. I’m starting it again and working on all the assignments much more carefully now. The first time through I wanted to get an overall feel for it and take some notes. Man, that is one awesome book!
One quote I love from that book is “The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good’.” In this case, I believe I have chosen the best when caring for my baby instead of going out for a walk. However, I would’ve been better served to find another way to exercise rather than throwing in the towel, as it were. Do you see any “bests” in your life being sacrificed to the “good”?