Saturday, January 05, 2008

Again and Again and Again

We need to do some things again and again and again. My mother says we are made to eat and go to the bathroom. We need both and we do them again and again and again. We brush our teeth again and again and again. The same goes for exercise.

Days ago I woke up resigned about how much work I had done in different areas like studies and job interviews and dating. I could not believe I had to go do it all again and again and again. That is what we often do. And each time we can have breakthroughs. Sometimes the result is the same - we do laundry again and again and again. Think what the consequences would be if we did not do this. Like in the Karate Kid, we may get something else each time we do something. It may be a new relationship with ourselves of the action, a new mastery of it, or a new way to do it, like rearranging the room.

Mastery takes a long time. Martha Graham, legendary pioneering modern dance choreographer, used to say that becoming a dancer takes 10 years. Growing and taking care of yourself are forever.

Disclaimer: None of the above information can be taken as a substitute for advice from a medical professional such as a physician.

My third book, Pocket Guide to Fitness, is available on,, and If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories.

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