Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Never stop trying


I have another appointment to see my doctor on Thursday. It has been over 2 months now that I haven’t been feeling so spry with this flu like thing that seems to have gotten a hold of me.

Still poking away at the kitchen reno. Finding I am not actually able to go at it everyday as I had thought I would. It seems I need to take every second day to rest up. Today is a work day and I am just going to give it my all. It seems my work day is about 30 or 40 minutes spread out over the entire day. Today maybe I will try for 45 minutes, not that I actually time myself.

I realize “I” get a lot more work done on the weekends. I assure you, that it is merely coincidental that this is the time when my brother Eric, brother-in-law Henri and nephew Eric jr. arrived. Each one an Earth Angel, helping me so much, for which I thank you so much. I am a very lucky man.

It is when I tackle a physical challenge that I get a dose of my reality, of my diminished capacities. It is a hard thing to accept. This kitchen thing is a huge job, much more work involved than I realized going into it. I my mind realizes I am not as young or healthy as I once was but is having a hard time realizing what my limitations are. I suppose I saw the project and realized that in the pas, all of this is something I could have done myself in a couple of hard and heavy weekends. Now, surely what I could have done in a couple of weekends, I can still do in a month, slowly poking away at it a little each day. My reality now is I bit off way more than I could chew or handle. I thank God for my Earth Angels.

I was asked, “with your health why would you even consider taking on any physical task?”

Well there are two big reasons for that. One is the simple fact, I AM NOT DEAD YET!!! If I am not dead yet, I must be alive. As long as I am alive, I am going to keep trying. Trying to do what I can, where I can and when I can.

I have said this many times before. I do not believe God expects us to be perfect as we are only human. But He does expect us to keep trying . That is what I am doing in all areas of my life.

I caught about the last hour of the Rocky Balboa movie last night. I have seen it before I like those movies and watched it again. Hey, I am a guy and like that sort of movie.

For any that may not know Rocky is a boxer. I think there are 5 Rocky movies. I particulary like watching the fight scenes, I find them to be inspirational. How so may be asked? Well typically Rocky takes a terrible beating but no matter how bad the situation is or may seem, he just never gives up. He just keeps getting back on his feet and trying again and again. Usually, this pays off and he is triumphant.

Last night there were a couple of lines that really caught my attention. I give much credit to the writers.

Rocky, (Sylvester Stalone) is explaining to his son what I suppose would be his phylosophy on life. Hey I am memory guy so I am not sure if I am paraphrasing or just giving my take on what I remember him saying.

“To be a winner in life, it doesn’t matter how hard you can hit. Life is sometimes going to hit you hard. To be a winner in life what matters is how hard you can get hit and still keep moving forward.”

Just think about that and let me know what you think.

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5 Responses to Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Never stop trying

  1. Oh I love that line, it’s empowering and I even with I came up with it

  2. Oh I love that line, it’s empowering and I even wish I came up with it

    I am glad you liked it, I wish I could take credit for coming up with it.
    Bill

  3. blissbait says:

    That is an amazing line! And Bill, I just had to stop by today to say ‘hello!’ and let You know You influenced me to do an act of kindness. I almost passed the opportunity by ’cause I was in a hurry, but You came to mind and I dove in.

    Thank You! and Namaste. πŸ™‚

    Hi blissbait, I thank you for having an eye out and awareness of the opportunity. You followed through, I thank you so much
    Bill

  4. Cat says:

    I sympathize with you on the kitchen renovation being a bit more than you can chew. This past April, I decided to rip the carpet out of my bedroom and install vinyl faux-wood flooring (SO much easier to maintain with a house full of pets!). I knew it was going to be difficult for me to do with the RA, but I dove right in and completed it over two weekends, and paid the price for many weeks afterwards. Every inch of my body hurt, my hands were so swollen they looked like giant marshmallows stuck to my wrists, and I was so tired! But I love the new floor and it felt good to have done it myself. Now I’m trying to work up the energy to get started doing the same project in the computer room. πŸ™‚

    30 or 40 minutes every other day is not too shabby! It’s amazing what you can accomplish in that amount of time.

    And I love the Rocky quote. It reminds me of an old proverb I’ve always liked: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”

    Hi Cat, good for you in having the determination to do that job and to then stick with it.
    I love the quote you left also, thankis
    Bill

  5. Mel says:

    I know how getting up and keep moving/keep trying has served me over and over again. I wouldn’t be on the planet had I opted to simply ‘stay down’.
    I guess by nature I’m not one who simply accepts. This can be good…..and this can be not so good. LOL

    Sometimes it means I lack some of what other people call ‘common sense’.
    I don’t ‘do’ down very well, I don’t surrender worth a darn–and sometimes…….I oughta.

    Rest when weary–but don’t stop trying is what it oughta read for me!

    ((((((((((( Bill )))))))))))
    I hope the Doctor’s visit gives you some results. This has to be getting very old for you.

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