Have you ever had a small rock in your shoe?
Remember the fairy tale about the princess who couldn't sleep because of a pea underneath a pile of mattresses?
What little things get in the way of our progress? I mean those annoying things that aren't all that big of a deal it seems but make a big difference in our comfort level. We have to stop and get that rock out of our shoe because each step is painful with it there. That little rock can slow us down and make us limp.
Emotions are probably the worst little rocks. There is anger, regret, some slight whether real or perceived, loneliness, a loss of some kind, disappointment, and so many others.
Our own determination and commitment are big as well. We want to be slim but can't seem to get it together and do what needs to be done to be slim. I have heard it said, "Games are won in the practices". I used to hear coaches tell how some of their players didn't want to practice but wanted to start in the game or at least play a significant amount of time. We would talk about how immature that was. They wanted the recognition without putting in the time and work necessary to be at a level that would deserve recognition.
Each day is showing up for practice and doing the best we can so we can be a part of a big win. We want to run to the finish line. Those who limp because they have rocks in their shoes may get there but it is a painful journey that takes a long time. Better late than never and all that but wouldn't it be great to get there ASAP? The right attitude would be a nice touch as well. We have done the crime so we are doing the time. It will take time to get all the rocks out of our shoes because some of us have several.
You tactile, right-brain, creative types might want to get some actual rocks that are big enough to make a piece of art out of and paint them with your own personal demons and use them as paper weights or place them around your home or office to remind you that they are not in your shoes anymore and will not slow your progress. There is less pain enduring some hunger or some soreness from exercise than there is with a shoe full of rocks.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. A wise person said that but I don't know who it was. Ghandi maybe? I think he was barefooted - no rocks in his shoes. He walked on and left them behind. Let's do the same. Take care.