What It Takes

President Lincoln’s assassination: Washington, D.C. Hanging hooded bodies of the four conspirators; crowd departing.
Photos pulled from Library of Congress

The picture doesn’t relate to the post as well as it could, but it fits my mood. I just paid almost $5 a gallon of gas and I am angry.

I am tired of feeling like I am being lied to. Tired of listening to political rhetoric from people who don’t know what they are talking about and from those who refuse to vote.

I am tired of listening to complaints from those who are unwilling to try to change.

Change is frightening. It is scary. I don’t like it much, but I am doing things differently because when things don’t work you have to shake it up, you have to mix it up.

I Am Committed

I am committed to making the changes I have to make to improve things in the areas I feel need improving. I wrote this post because I am going to make my book happen.

These are not just words but they feel a bit like it so I am making a list of things I have accomplished for myself. It is a way to see that I am making progress.

My pushup workout is moving along. I am not anywhere close to 500 day but I am on my way. Every day I work at it. Every day I make an effort.

I am impatient.

I am dedicated.

I will.

This was part of Stream of Consciousness Sunday. Five minutes of writing without editing. I cheated and grabbed the photo in advance but the words are what I came up with in 5 minutes.

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  1. jana October 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    This is fabulous. It makes me want to make a list. Make lists. Write down all my accomplishments. You’ve got this. WRITE THAT BOOK! I love that you’re participating in SOCSunday!

    • Jack October 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Hi Jana,

      I fought the idea of making a list because it felt awkward to me. I still haven’t written it down but put together a mental list that is pretty good. When you run down what you have done and are doing you find all sorts of inspiration.

      I am very glad to be a part of the SOC community. I really like it.

  2. Tracie October 8, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I like the idea of making a list of things you have accomplished. I think I might have to try that for myself.

    • Jack October 8, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Hi Tracie,

      The list works well. When you start to spell out all that you have done you often find you have accomplished more than you thought you had.

  3. Trey Burley October 8, 2012 at 6:37 am

    We too are doing a push up work out. The goal of 500 is mighty indeed. We just do a mere 60 every other day, mixed in with a nice series of crunches using a wheel, it’s good, cheap exercise. Kill it on the book good sir.

  4. Harleena Singh October 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Happens with the best of us Jack!

    There are so many reasons to get angry, and with life nowadays, nothing gets easier. I guess we just need to take one day at a time and try to make the best of it.

    Looking forward to your book, and cheer up – it’s a matter of time and a passing phase. 🙂

    • Jack October 7, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      One day at a time is really the only way we can take it. It is sometimes hard to plan for the future, but one day at a time is something manageable.

      You are right about this time, it will pass.

  5. Bill Dorman October 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm


    I saw an e-mail or notice somewhere from you about visiting a post and/or pimping it. I didn’t imagine that did I? Can you tell me where it is?

  6. a.eye October 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Which pushup plan are you working on? I did one a couple years ago, and couldn’t believe how many I could do – had to stop after a few weeks of it, though due to an injury.

    Sorry for your gas prices and good luck with your commitments!

    • Jack October 7, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      Hi A. Eye,

      I am not working on a particular plan. It is just one I developed for myself where I do a few sets each day and work through a sort of pyramid where I keep increasing the number of reps I do.

  7. Rachee October 7, 2012 at 10:59 am

    (Almost) Five dollars for a gallon of gas is enough to make me be angry too.
    Change is frightening, it sucks and I don’t like it either. Good luck on being that change!

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