"If we say 'We can' - we will!" --moving company motto
We drove around parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire today. With all the interesting stuff in both counties - parks and medieval churches and Roman ruins and beaches and on and on - what did WE do?
We were looking at driveways.
Specifically, we were looking at certain types of paving on said driveways. We're getting ready to have the driveway resurfaced, and we've narrowed it down to either macadam / tarmac (which it is now) or a new type that has tiny bits of gravel embedded in it.
Since this is only being done to get the house in good repair before listing it again next spring, EYE say - whichever is the biggest bang for the buck, looks good, will hold up for at least ten years, go for it. The man who built the house (that'd be Himself, of course) says - nothing's too good for my baby. (He doesn't mean me, he means the house.) Oh, wait, he didn't say that - but he's thinking it, lol. At any rate, before he commits to anything, he wanted to see some of this new paving, so - we drove around Lancashire and Yorkshire today, but the only sights I saw were driveways.
Sometimes in the car I'm like a kid - I just drink in everything. On one of the motorways (think 'interstate' rather than 'beltway') we passed a moving van that had the motto above - "If we say 'We can' - we will!" - painted on the side. I considered that for some miles.
What occurred to me is: "If I say 'I can' - I will." Kind of comes down to making a commitment to achieving a goal. Rather than the moving company's intent (which I took to mean "If we say we are able to do it, we will complete the job") on a personal level I would use it to mean "If I state I am able to do something, I am more apt to do it rather than fail to meet the stated objective."
Darkness is the absence of light. Not stating, in so many words, "I can" is tantamount to saying "I can't." The lack of commitment is anything short of boldly saying "I can, and I will." You let yourself off the hook, as if you were pre-planning excuses, if you don't tell yourself and others "I will."
So if I commit, in plain and simple words, to living a healthier life, applying self-discipline to diet and fitness, achieving the goals I've set for myself, I am much more likely to continue working toward good health.
That's not to say I will always be perfect, or I'll never get off track. But using my ultimate goal - good health - as a beacon and committing to doing what I need to in order to reach that goal means I will keep moving in the right direction: sometimes directly, sometimes a little roundabout, but always in the right direction.
[In case you were wondering: no, I didn't note the name of that moving company. Elsewise, I would a) write to tell them what a great motto they have and b) look them up when we sell the house and are ready to move.]
Between the driveways and some really good thinking, I had a very productive day, didn't I?
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!