“Life’s a gift, not a piece a cake; a challenge, not a slice of pie. Do you not have an ounce of respect, a gram of responsibility, a speck of discipline, a crumb of goodness? Oh! You ate them all. Swell! Here’s a napkin, you have a smidge of gluttony on your chinny chin chin.” Dave Draper
It’s also interesting that in this newsletter by Dave Draper, he said he has never had a Big Gulp or a Big Mac. He sticks to the tried and true, tuna and skirt steak. Diet is important to body builders, fitness models, and athletes. Why should it be any different for us normal people?
Maybe we should approach life as if we were an athlete. Let’s prepare for our next race or enter our next Mr. America contest. We probably aren’t literally going to do that, especially us seniors. Yet shouldn’t we be getting ready for our next event–even us seniors can do it.
What would you do differently if you were getting ready to run your next marathon? Would you watch your diet? Would you work out more and practice more? I don’t think we give ourselves any leeway to think like an athlete. We say we aren’t and let it go at that. We probably will reminisce about our high school or college days when we were actually an athlete or at least did athletic things. Work, family, and obligations galore have removed the athlete in us. People like Dave Draper even though at age 70 still treat themselves as if they were hoisting iron for the next Mr. Universe.
I think too many of us are willing to just sit on our couch at eat the cake or the slice of pie and talk about the good ol’ days when we were on the Varsity Tennis team never once thinking we should get into shape to try out for the tennis team.
I think I’m going to apply some principles that athletes use to get in shape and maintain their fitness level. That includes a speck of discipline and a gram of responsibility.