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February 23, 2006

Liftoff

Unbeknownst to me, my mind had subconsciously blocked out many aspects of living in the South. Then I went running today, and those memories came flooding back to me. Or, more descriptively, came sweating out of me.

It’s humid here. I’m not used to humid. Not anymore.

I lived in North Carolina for three years, so I have some experience with the persistent heat and dampness that predominate the days here, but I had forgotten how uncomfortable it can be.

This morning I ran a six-mile workout with a few marathon-paced intervals, and it only took one mile before it felt like I was running in a steam room. Thankfully I was able to finish the workout without too much distress before heading to my seminar.

The conference I’m attending is about how to improve quality of care and increase market share in health care settings. A lot of the discussions revolve around corporate psychobabble phrases like thinking outside the box, shifting your paradigms, communicating your vision, yada yada yada. It begins to sound very repetitive after a while, and sometime around mid-morning my mind started to drift.

Then one of the speakers quoted Stephen Covey: “Habits have tremendous gravity pull. And breaking them involves more than a little willpower and a few minor changes in our lives…

…But once we break out of the gravity pull, our freedom takes on a whole new dimension.”

Of course I thought about training, and about all of us who are trying to unfetter ourselves of bad habits, looking for the freedom to explore the outer limits of our physical and psychological boundaries. The quote sounded like something that Wil or Jon would have come up with if Covey hadn’t beaten them to it.

This morning’s workout was just another drop of jet fuel that helps propel me toward the life I enjoy, and toward the person I want to be. I've never really lost sight of that - but I didn’t expect to find validation of it at a health care conference.

Maybe the quote would have had the same impact on me if I wasn’t a runner. But for some reason, I doubt it.

4 comments:

Jack 2/24/06, 3:54 AM  

Hmmm, nice quote.

I spent 2 years in southeast Georgia in the Army - too hot and humid for me. My first Christmas there it was 95 degrees outside - not good for this old Yankee.

robtherunner 2/24/06, 3:09 PM  

Great quote! I am a habits guy myself, but everytime I break out of my old habits I just seem to end up with new similar somewhat obsessive habits. I guess from smoker to runner is a significant difference though.

Scott 2/24/06, 5:22 PM  

YIKES>>>WOW>>>

What a quote...OMG...one hears a lot, and reads a lot... but only infrequently, is one gifted with such pearls of wisdom. This hits me in the gut like the God's truth...

I am obsessed with the unfettering of my bad habits at the moment; I intend to adopt this quote as my new mantra...

Thank you!

Tammy 2/25/06, 7:43 AM  

That's a great quote!! I love it!

When I was in corp america, conferences were all about drinking & partyin' all night, then PRETENDING to listen to psycho-babble the next day. You weren't actually supposed to learn anything, or *gasp* change anything, change is bad... makes bosses nervous. haha.

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