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Omer Day 11: Hanging in for the long haul

My Wednesday routine is pretty simple: Workout, shower, breakfast, voice lesson. 

I'm noting that routine today because the Omer reflection for Day 11 is about the relationship between endurance and discipline.



George Santayana was right: repetition is nature's only real form of permanence. 

I don't love to work out, but I do it 4 or 5 times a week (sometimes high exertion, sometimes low). There are a lot of things I'd rather do than vocalize, but I do it most every day. 

There are a lot of daily chores I'd much rather not do, too: make the bed, empty the dishwasher, fold/put away the laundry, just to name a few. But I do them for obvious reasons. Oh, and yeah - I have a dog, and she needs to be walked, fed, loved, and hugged every single day, too. 

And here's the kicker: if I work out regularly, my body gets stronger; if I vocalize every day, my voice gets stronger; and if I make the bed every day, those few minutes become my (to borrow from Jon Stewart) moments of zen.

Tomorrow I shall wake up and thank God for the opportunity to do it all over again. 






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