Do, or do not…a little less conversation, a little more action

Each Monday (or at least this was the plan back at the beginning of 2010) I write a post for a theme I call Motivation Monday, usually based off a quote from Dr. George Sheehan, especially from the book titled Dr. George Sheehan on Getting Fit & Feeling Great. The book includes three books: How To Feel Great 24 Hours A Day, Running and Being and This Running Life.

Today’s quote comes not from George Sheehan, but from George Lucas and once upon a time was a quote I tried to embody:

Do, or do not. There is no try.

Of course, the quote was spoken by Yoda to his young Jedi student, Luke Skywalker, in my favorite of the Star Wars series, The Empire Strikes Back.

For me, it’s not lifting a sunken Starfighter from the Dagobah swamps. For me, it’s just lifting one foot in front of the other.

Lately, it’s become a necessity for me not to try that, but just to do as we just took our one and only car to the salvage yard last week (more on that later in the week). Until we get another car, which might be as soon as later this week, thanks to the generosity of my parents, I am “forced” to walk to the library where I work. I also am walking everywhere else: to the senior center, where I volunteer, and also the Samaritan House, a single-guest hospice, also where I volunteer. On Tuesday night, I will be walking to a school board meeting that I will be covering for a newspaper for which I’m a correspondent. The meeting is held in a room at the high school, which is about a mile away.

However, I have decided, with rare exceptions, that even after we get another car, I am going to walk to places within town that are a mile or less from our house. That might not seem radical, but considering that I am taking on this challenge just before winter arrives here in northcentral Pennsylvania, it is a bit of one. The thing is, though, I’m tired of trying to get motivated. I just need to quit talking and thinking about getting motivated and just do it.

4 responses to “Do, or do not…a little less conversation, a little more action

  1. Great idea. I need to do the same, but walking to work is a little far each day. Walking other places though? Great idea!

  2. My sister lost of ton of weight after moving to Chicago and selling her car b/c she walked everywhere. Then she gained it all back from partying a bit too hard…oh, well! I bet you’ll see and feel a difference right away.

  3. I used to walk all over the place. Then I got a little heftier and a little lazier, and now I’ve almost stopped walking. I think I needed this reminder to keep it up, or I’m going to do myself in sitting on my arse.

    And, hah!, I was reading your headline and humming the Elvis song and felt gratified when I got to the bottom and saw that you’d included it. Pretty funny.

  4. Weirdly enough I feel the same way, even with my heel problems. One of the ‘selling points’ of this job I’m applying for is the option of walking to work, even though walking a couple of miles = pain for me most days. I’ve only done it a few times and its already getting a little bit easier. All this losing and having/not having has been surprisingly peaceful….how does that poem go that you like? “Have no doubt that the universe is unfolding as it should…”