Dedication is follow through.
Dedication is going to the beat of your own drummer.
Dedication is not letting anything or anyone stop you from following your dreams.
Dedication is showing up.
Dedication is working hard at what you love to do.
Dedication is doing what you set out to do, regardless of the weather.
Dedication is starting at Point A, and getting to Point B.
Dedication is defying the obstacles.
Michael Donnor, Mercurial Mirror, 2014 from the series Notes on a Paper Universe
So two months have passed since I drank a soda. You’re probably wondering, why? On a trip up to Maine to see our dear friends, their oldest son Milo (who also inspired this other blog post) said that he recently was told a story that if you put a tooth in a glass of Coke, it would eventually dissolve into nothing. He won’t drink it, and he has been focusing more on brushing his teeth. Now, this myth could be true, but I’m pretty certain that there are other things that we ingest that are probably more harmful to us.
Anyways, as someone who would go out to eat 4-5 times a week and always get a soda with my meal, I decided to switch to water. I actually feel pretty great. No soda, more running, and I haven’t changed any other things in my diet yet and I’ve lost a few pounds. Trying to stay Fit Over 40 is tough, so I must try a little harder each day to be healthy.
Sometimes climbing up the proverbial corporate ladder isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Just when you think you are on your way to the top, you feel a short tug at the leash that binds you.
Don’t let anyone or anything hold you back from your dreams, goals or aspirations. If you want to explore––then explore. Look up to the sky and visualize yourself standing at the summit. It’s within reach if you want it, but you might have to go at it alone.
Photograph by Bradford Washburn, Alaska, ca: 1940’s
If some grand idea bubbles up to the surface don’t dismiss it. Ruminate on the idea for a bit, and make sure that it is sound. If you have to play it over and over in your head until you can work out the minute details, do so. Sketch or type out the idea so that you can look at it to make sure what you envision still makes sense on paper.
Once you’re convinced that you have the greatest idea on earth, pitch it to someone that will help you confirm it. Continue to find more validators so that your idea grows into its own thing.
Your thoughts and ideas are just two things that make you unique. Share your uniqueness with others, but only when the time is right.