Sunday, October 19, 2008

Today is not that day

I don’t generally get blog ideas from quotes, but here’s the exception:

There will be a day when you can no longer do this. Today is not that day. This was attributed to Laura Kloepper, who tells me she borrowed it from someone who borrowed it from someone…I love it.

What do you imagine “when you can no longer do this” refers to? Eating, sex, playing soccer, talking, writing, thinking? It could be anything. Kloepper uses the quote to inspire herself to run.

She was answering a question from Runners World: Why do you run? Enumerating the reasons we do things, or want to do things, is often motivating. Having the reasons or goals visible, also helps. Kloepper tapes her “mantra” to the wall.

Consider what you’re trying to accomplish in your life right now. Why are you doing it?

Dieters who are trying to bring their blood sugar or cholesterol down, look better in clothes, feel healthier and improve their race time, could have these goals in mind. Keeping an index card with the goals handy, gives you a little extra push. Posting the goals on the fridge or having reminders pop up on your computer are all ways to hold your focus on the goals.

Exercisers (or would be exercisers) who want to feel healthier, decrease stress, control weight and socialize at the gym, can use these goals to push themselves out the door.

Meditators who want to feel relaxed, be at peace, gain clarity and will world peace (why not?) sometimes need reminders to keep them focused on their practice. The beaded bracelet that reminds you to be mindful is one way.

So, today is not that day. What’s your mantra? And how will you remember it?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Although this mantra may be inspiring to some, I personally think it is pretty insipid. I mean, honestly, "There will be a day that I can no longer do this?" Naive as it may seem, I don't envision a day that I will no longer be able to do the things I love. My great Aunt rode camels in Egypt when she was 83, and both my parents are still doing the sports they love into their seventies. If you take care of your body, you can do the things you love for as long as you live. Look up "90 year old marathoner" on google, and you will get hundreds of results. So instead of focusing on the idea that someday I will be old and broken, I think about how my work now will allow me to do what I love for a long, long time.