When I got the assignment for this week’s spin cycle, I was to say the least, excited!
Until recently, and by recently I mean within the last one-two years, I’ve had no motto in life- save for “tan fat looks better than white fat”.
But I have realized, thanks to Zach, that life has so much more to offer if I’ll shed the guilt, change what I can, and don’t worry about what I can’t (change that is).
I really hadn’t realized how guilty I feel about not doing this, or not making time for that; how much I apologize for things out of my control- until Zach pointed it out. Daily he shows me by living out his philosphy on life- in a nutshell: Happy is better. Change what you can. Don’t worry about it if you can’t change it. And if you can change it, you should, otherwise don’t worry!
Clearly I come by the guilt honestly. My mother’s facebook status the other day read:
not feeling good…so staying home tonight instead of working at school…and feeling guilty about it…which makes me feel worse..it’d be nice if I could at least dispense with the guilt
I also realized at some point, that she apologizes for a lot of things that are out of her control, and I’ve seen her worry. But I must tell you, worrying does this girl no good. It makes my brow furrow, my back tense up, and is otherwise unbecoming. I’m pretty convinced that it is unhealthy.
Since making this attempt to live life like Zach does, I’m finding that I am less tense, I worry less, and I really feel like I’m more in control. Strange, I know. I’m sure in the long run it will increase my life expectancy and I’m certainly going to have fewer wrinkles on my brow!
As far as dealing with my horses is concerned, I’m a serial offender of…wait for it… perfection. So I am borrowing this motto from a friend: Strive for excellence, not perfection. I think it’s a great idea to keep in mind as I ride everyday.
Do you my friends and readers have any mottos you like to live by? I’d love to hear from you!
Thanks so much to Jen at Sprite’s Keeper for the assignment.