I learned a pretty good lesson in the pool tonight.
I went with a friend and brought him as a guest to use the gym facilities.
In the rush to get ready, I forgot my earplugs.
Usually, I would not think it was much of a big deal, but tonight , as I was doing laps, my ears were really starting to bother me.
Swimming was very uncomfortable.
By the tenth lap I figured I was going to meet up with him and just call it a day and go home.
About the fourteenth lap he came to the pool area, told me he finished his workout and was going to leave.
Just a minute or two before he came in, I was ready to leave and pack it up at 14 laps.
But once he told me that he was on his way home, I figured I would just try a few more, and then another couple, and then a few more after that.
By the time I reached 30 laps, I was feeling stronger and decided to keep going.
I actually got to 74 laps, my high so far.
So what is the moral of the story.
The point is to not give up.
Keep moving forward.
Sometimes our pain stops us in our tracks, whether it is general sadness or frustration or some other annoyance.
Once we stop moving, we tend to stay in that place.
I believe that Sir Isaac Newton's laws of motion state that an object at rest stays at rest unless acted upon by an external force and an object in motion, stays in motion at the same velocity unless acted upon by an external force.
I believe that was his rule.
For our purposes here, it is a similar idea, if we stay in motion, keep moving forward, keep improving, keep swimming, walking, running, whatever it is, we will at least move beyond those forces that might typically hold us back, or keep us in a slump.
I had just about given up at 14 laps, but did another 60.
That is my small success today, and something that can be applied to many areas.
Just don't give up, keep moving forward, and the only time you really want to stop I suppose is to get to sleep.
So, now having said all that, since I am at rest sitting at my desk and writing,
I really do not feel like getting up and going to an event that I was invited to, but, now that I wrote this, I have to, so , have a good night!
Time to get moving.