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It's All Relative

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sometimes when I am feeling down, I think the amount of weight I need to lose and the things I need to do to become healthier are just too much of a challenge, and at my age what's the point? Then something happens or I am exposed to new information that gives me the push to "recharge" my motivation.

My incentive today came from an unlikely source, Stephen Hawking. A story on the Internet today was about remarks the famous physicist made at a symposium. When asked about an event in the entertainment world that would be primarily of interest to a teenager or young adult, he followed his initial response with these words:

“The fact that we humans, who are ourselves mere collections of fundamental particles of nature, have been able to come this close to an understanding of the laws governing us and our universe is a great triumph. So remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes a universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

Immediately I realized that such moving words about not giving up are just as applicable to weight loss and getting as healthy as possible as they are to any other endeavor. If a man who has severe physical challenges can reach beyond them and succeed in achieving his goals, then surely I, who has relatively few challenges in life, can do the same.

Thank you for your wise words, Mr. Hawking.
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    It's true. Navel gazing only has me tripping and not moving forward. I think that the secret to staying young is in trying new things. Maybe it is not all about finding a solution as finding out that the problems we are trying to solve are not as important as other things in life. Like constantly trying to fix a leak and not realizing that I need to move my house out of the waves from the ocean and turn it instead into a boat. That I was meant to have the leak to get my attention.
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    People should always count their blessings. Stephen Hawking is a good example of that. He could just give up, but look at what the world would have lost.
    2234 days ago
    You find the neatest quotes to share with us. Thanks! emoticon
    2237 days ago
    I read that article,too. There are so many people overcoming huge challenges, everyday. Even, right here, on SP. I have at least 4 SP friends battling breast cancer, from stage 1 - stage 4. They blog. They encourage others. They make time to share their journey.
    We're all permitted our pitty party.... but we should not linger there.
    I'm glad you found new inspiration.
    2237 days ago
    This is great, thanks for sharing. Glad you found your perspective!
    2237 days ago
    Thanks to you for sharing - very inspirational!!
    2237 days ago
    As you know from reading my blog, this is definitely speaking to me! Thanks so much for sharing.
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