DO YOU WANT INSTANT GRATIFICATION OR ETERNAL GRATIFICATION?
My runs are often times a battle of mind vs. body. As I chugged slowly up the road today my mind was cutting me down. “This is too hard”, “you’re not in good enough shape”, “just make it to the next telephone pole then stop”. Then it occurred to me that my mind was trying to control my body’s activity and so I made the decision to shut it up. I could take walking breaks assuring that my day’s exercise was nice and easy or I could push myself, keep running and return home feeling proud. Proud that I’d pushed through something my mind was so desperately trying to stop me from doing. Proud for running two entire uninterrupted miles for the first time in years. Proud for testing my strength and reminding myself that I’m so much stronger than I ever give myself credit for.
Proud or easy?
My run is an excellent metaphor for life. Do you want an easy life or a life you’re proud of. Easy doesn’t take effort. Easy is about pleasing yourself right now. Making yourself proud takes commitment, hardship at times, maybe even sacrifice. You have to work for proud.
Easy is instant gratification, proud is eternal gratification.
CREATE A LIFE YOU’RE PROUD OF. THE REWARDS ARE FAR RICHER THAN A LIFE OF EASE.
Hello, I'm Michele
While taking pictures is what I do for a living, this website is not about photography or making money. It’s about my perpetual pursuit of a life well-lived and my desire for people to live with less stress and more joy. This website is not about HOW TO achieve XYX, it’s about HOW I achieve XYZ (along with the myriad of thought processes that get me there). If it motivates you too to be better, than I’m really glad you’re here. I believe the world would be a better place if we all spent more time bettering ourselves rather than judging others.
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