Tuesday, November 26, 2013

So much for which to be Thankful

The Bryonman 2013 Thankful List

  • I have my health. I have a new lifestyle that mostly supports continued health. (I still like sweets - moderation.)
  • Carrie continues to allow me to hang around. She provides the balance and challenges I need in life.
  • I have an awesome nuclear and extended family. As far as familial drama - we genuinely do not have things that we cannot easily overcome.
  • I have a few close friends and other cordial acquaintances that keep me going.
  • I have fitness and I have pretty much maintained a decent level of fitness for nearly 3 years now.
  • I somehow manage to stay solidly employed and employable in an industry that continues to push the envelope on both speed and trajectory of change.
None of the above comes without effort. I guess that is the topic for this entry. Effort. Webster says effort is a "vigrorous or determined attempt".

Effort comes in many different shapes, sizes and colors. Effort is relative to both the task and the performer. For example: A vigorous effort for me in the water is a lazy day for my friend Shark. Effort evolves from potential energy and releases kinetic energy with the hopes of iterating over that energy cycle in perpetum. In physics, potential energy is the energy of an object or a system due to the position of the body or the arrangement of the particles of the system. The kinetic energy of an object is the energy which it possesses due to its motion.

So this input / output scenario is a metaphor for most things if pondered closely. Consider these two simple quotes.
"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential."
Winston Churchill
"For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward."
Jim Rohn

Quit Rambling and Get to the Point

So I guess what I want to say on this topic is simply:
In the absence of effort we really have no cause to expect.

I really want to be able to give the gift of motivation, discipline and effort. I really want the world as a whole to stop expecting without effort. I really WISH that every focused, sustained and concerted effort resulted in the outcome equivalent of PERFECTION. It's just not that way.

Am I saying that I wish that everyone would stress themselves to the max trying to achieve some unnecessary goal? No. If part of a person's goal is to put as little effort into life as possible ... then I say bless them and I wish them luck. What I am saying is that it might be a little more stable orb if people focused on efforts aimed at realistic, beneficial and postive goals.

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