Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Quote Day

We will receive not what we idly wish for
but what we justly earn.
Our rewards will always be
in exact proportion to our service.

~ Earl Nightingale

I probably used this quote on Shrinking Knitter some Friday, long ago. It still works, though.

I’ve spent my whole life wishing for things I couldn’t have. I can remember my mother telling me, “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” I wish she’d kicked me harder. Heh.

The point is, if it’s worthy or valuable or something we really want, it’s probably not going to fall from the sky or show up in the mailbox. We’re going to have to put some effort into getting what we want. Always.

I know this is true, but I still make excuses for not doing the work. And it’s discouraging when I do do the work to not see results.

During this recent remodeling project I’ve sometimes been too busy to eat. When I do eat, it’s something healthful and in reasonable portions. Since yesterday was a fairly nice, if cold, day, I took a two-mile walk outside after painting the walls and before painting the woodwork.

I feel like I’m starting to get my old mojo back. I know what to eat. I know how to work out. And no one is going to do it for me.


yarnbookschocolate said...

I can't tell you how many times my mother repeated that wishes/beggars line to me growing up. Didn't sink in though, thanks for reminding me that only my actions can get me where I want to be.

denise said...

"no one is going to do it for me" - this comment conjured up a service I sure wish was out there - sort of a diet pinch hitter - someone who could go to bat for you, eat all the right things, exercise regularly, lose weight and yet you get the weight loss.

Now THAT's what I'm talking about!

That's how I envision it in a semi-perfect world (in a perfect world weight wouldn't matter at all).

Keep that mojo humming along...

Oh, and ... GO STEELERS!

Doc Manette said...

Yippie on feeling the mojo! (I know it was always there but sometimes life keeps us busy and we have to ignore the mojo.) Also, right-on and timely quote since I'm ready to re-enter the healthy "thing".

Some people go through major stressful periods and lose weight . . . sadly, not me! I did lose a few pounds but not the "wishful" 50 pounds. Like wishing was gong to melt those pounds away . . .

Mary Gee said...

If only what we KNEW would do us some actual good!