Day 60: Cook Your Rice


Today marks day 60 for this journey.  A journey that, 66 days ago, I had not yet conceived of.  Earlier this afternoon I had a conversation with a coworker who asked the inevitable question: Why?

I responded with the sentence has become my rote answer:  Because I want to. 

Isn’t that enough?  I’m doing this because I want to. 

I want to learn more. I want to be stronger, faster and in better shape.  I want to be more cultured.

I just want to be better.

There was certainly no better time to start this than the present.  And to be perfectly honest, I was afraid that if I didn’t start, I would find a way to explain the delay, then re-sell myself on that excuse over and over and over.  Eventually I would be looking back at a wasted opportunity.  I’ve had enough of those in my life.  It was time for no more regrets.

I heard this Chinese proverb today:


Where are you today?  Are you cooking the rice?  Or are you talking about cooking the rice? 

Listen, I’m not a motivational speaker.  I can’t pump you up enough to run through brick walls.  I’m not going to increase your company’s bottom line by 150% with Five Magic Words.  I’m just a schmuck from Wisconsin who happens to be opening up and sharing his journey with you.  The best I can hope is that, somewhere along the way, you’ll be motivated to make one day better than the last. 

Of course, I’d love it if you popped over the Facebook page and clicked Like (or maybe followed along on Twitter).  Because, as always: This is simply my journal as I try to better myself. I hope it inspires you to focus on yourself. Make 2013 YOUR year.
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Quick Blast:  I think I already mentioned that I finished Dracula.  I’m now continuing to work through How to Win Friends…, as well as started Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.  I cooked a second dish this week, but wasn’t happy with the result, so I will cook it again and again until I feel I have it mastered: salmon cakes.  We haven’t had any new birds appear in the backyard, so no news to report.  I begin karate next week, and have managed to workout every day since last reported.  I clocked in another mile today.  My M.O. appears to be currently to knock out a mile every other day.  Until the weather breaks and I can get outside, I’m ok with that.