“Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.” ~Unknown
I got embarrassed at the gym.
I sat down at the bench press, ready to hoist up 135 pounds of iron. My goal was eight reps for the first set.
Before I started my first set, I heard someone huffing to my left. I looked over and saw a young guy benching 315 pounds!
I counted his reps, and he went all the way up to eight. It was the same number of repetitions that …
“Losing all hope was freedom.” ~Edward Norton in Fight Club
We naturally think of hope as a positive thing, as we do freedom, but this quote says that losing hope brings freedom. It may seem contradictory, but losing hope has been my most unexpected lifesaver.
My Mental Breakdown
I struggled with severe anxiety four years ago. The onset was abrupt.
Until I was twenty-five, I was the healthiest person I knew. I never got sick, would play basketball six hours straight, and always felt great. That changed suddenly in 2011.
I woke up one morning with an itchy spot on …
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ~Alan Watts
It was late 2012, just after Christmas, and like many others I was reflecting on the year.
I realized that I had ample room for improvement in too many areas of my life, but knowing that New Year’s Resolutions have a poor 8% success rate (University of Scranton research), I wanted to explore some other options. I knew I wanted to start before January 1st too, because arbitrary start dates don’t sit well with me.
On December …