So, how did people get around before Henry Ford took pity on the masses and came up with the affordable automobile?
I think it’s a no-brainer. They walked. Yes, I know that horses and donkeys decided to lend themselves to transportation endeavors long before Henry, but most people (that’s you and me, friend) couldn’t afford these high-end items. Even the King of Kings borrowed a donkey. I’m referring to Jesus Christ.
If a person wanted to go any distance, she packed a picnic lunch and blankets. The dog sometimes traveled along. Dogs have always been walking fans, and might just be the sole reason some people still manage to get to their feet, but that’s another tale entirely.
First of all, most of us have a pack of excuses about walking, like a pack of cigarettes, ready to blow smoke at a moment’s notice.
Hmm. Let me see………It’s too cold nine months out of the year in Wisconsin.
It’s too hot in AZ, I can tell you that!
I have arthritis.
I’m too fat.
My legs get tired. (Now there’s a valid excuse!)
I don’t have time.
The Problem is NOT Time
It’s how you prioritize your time.
You’ve probably heard this before. But that doesn’t make it any less true.
This whole thing about time is another very convenient excuse. It may be more
believeable than many other excuses, but it’s still an excuse. Henri Junttila
Forget it. If you had to walk, like people did a few hundred years ago, you would. If you needed to get someplace in a hurry, you’d run.
I realize that I’m preaching to the choir here, if I’m communicating with the average Scottsdalian. These would be women from Scottsdale AZ, where I currently reside. Women here trot along walking trails beneath palm trees with aplomb. In fact, the average Scottsdalian can simply proficiency out of this particular blog post. Nothing new to learn. I, however, am a women from the Midwest. Now, I’m not going to get all personal and name states! Suffice it to say that most of us from my state are 20-50 pounds overweight and practice ‘layering’ with clothing…for warmth. We circle Walmart numerous times to snag the closest possible parking stall, and purchase jeans with elastic waist-bands.
One day I decided that I needed to ‘walk more’. Right. I also need to ‘make more’ money. But here’s the kicker, friends. …
Success comes through being committed to a goal. What were my goals, anyway? Well, I wanted to become more fit. I desired to be healthier. I wanted to look better. However, there was a good-sized gap between my nebulous goals and the process of achieving them.
Without a plan, we plan to fail.
I needed to come up with a specific time frame and distance to do my walking, and commit to walking every day, just like I would commit to brushing my teeth or showering.
Commitment. Now there’s a word fraught with possibilities……..…