Friday, August 28, 2009

Repost - More than yesterday

Pin It Originally posted on Sunday, October 19, 2008

It has been an eventful past few days.

I feel I need to write this entry for all of those who do not feel that they are who they should be—those people who feel that they are not living up to the expectations of their families, their God, their workplace, themselves…

I used to go to the gym back one upon a time ago. I remember being pretty devoted for quite a while. I’d be up at 5:00 A.M. and would get in a session before work nearly every day—there were also days I’d go back to the gym after work and hit the treadmills or stair-steppers.

Like I said, that was once upon a time ago.

I suddenly stopped going. Life got busy, and I found myself pressed for time—time which I did not have.

It was several weeks before I was finally able to make it back to the gym—and this was only for a short 15-minute visit.

I was berating myself for not having stayed longer, and for just how terribly I was doing. Later, when I was with a friend, we were having a discussion and I mentioned to her how I just wasn’t doing as well as I should in regards to the gym.

My friend looked at me and said, “Well, you’re doing a lot more than you were yesterday, which was nothing.”

These words have stuck with me throughout the past few years, and I find them reverberating in my head—quite often to be honest.

There are times in all our lives when we find ourselves lacking in one or more areas. Perhaps we aren’t eating quite as healthy as we should be, perhaps we are feeling that we aren’t spending as much time as we should with our families, maybe we’re disappointed with ourselves because of our seemingly-lowered spiritual levels, or maybe we didn’t complete that project which has been begging for our attention for quite some time.

Always know that tomorrow is yet another day—a day without mistakes in it. I’m not saying to only live for tomorrow, but instead know that it is a new start. By doing just a bit more than we already are—even just a little bit—is doing more than we’re doing now…just remember to take it bit by bit and don’t let discouragement overwhelm you.

A wise man once said that it is by doing little things that great things will ultimately come about.

By eating one less cookie than you normally would have, by putting away just one stack of papers, by walking for one song on your iPod...all of these things are milestones in the sense that they are all perhaps more than you were previously doing.


Gerb said...

I totally needed to read this today. Thanks.

Corine said...

I lead a busy life; when I need a little break, I go to my google account and see if "teachinfourth" has posted anything. I am always delighted when see a new post, even if it is one I have already read :D. They are so refreshing and give me something to think about. THANKS! :D

None of us are ever everything we could be, or think we should be; Even Benjamin Franklin, who was very focused on striving for perfection stated that every time he would find himself pleased to discover that he was more perfect in a particular area, he would spontaneously find himself less perfect in another. I think he is right, that this is a natural response. That is what makes Christ so amazing to me; He knows how to be just, without losing mercy; He is strong, while still being tender. Given a personality test, he would fit into NONE of the categories, because he knows how to be the strength with out the weakness. He is my inspiration. :D

I'm sorry to say though; I noticed that I am much more like Benjamin Franklin, discovering weaknesses increased as I discover opposing strengths increased. It is natural to berate ourselves. But, if Christ loves me anyhow, I suppose I can too! Besides, Benjamin Franklin still totally rocks! :D And I have my whole life to keep improving. :D You do too!

P.S. Once again, I will never be bothered if you don't post a comment I make, long or not (esp. the cheesy ones that I later can't believe I sent! - I really am hopelessly corny!). I do enjoy your responses though! :D) Thanks!

... Nice break; time to get back to work! :D!

Mamma has spoken said...

Uhm, seems like you have a second career in the works, therapist. Great post, words of wisdom that I needed for the start of the week-end.

Amy said...

Nice blog. I considered eating an Schwan's ice cream bar prior to reading this entry, but now don't feel the need. Thanks! :)

Bee said...

I remember this posting very well. Your friend's words stuck with me as well.

Teachinfourth said...

G - I need to remind myself of this more often than I'd like to admit.

C - Thanks for always coming back and checking in; also, Ben Franklin has always been a hero...

M - Don't know too much about therapy, just a few tidbits I've picked up from others and try to get through my own thick skull.

A - Thanks for stopping by.

B - I find it striking how often her words come back to me.

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