Tag Archives: Mistakes

Start Where You Are

I was reading an Arthur Ashe quote on twitter the other day and it stuck with me. I had read the quote many times and I have tweeted it out myself too. This time was different. The quote was embedded in a picture of a small purple flower growing out of a crack in an asphalt parking lot. The plant even though contained by its growing conditions look lush and thriving.  I have been thinking about that picture everyday since I have seen it. The seed that that plant grew from did not think; “I would be better off if I were in a flower pot.” It just started where it was and made the most of its opportunity and it became I thriving plant.

That plant gives me something to think about when things are not going right for me. Here is the Arthur Ashe quote: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

How are you going to be like that plant today?





“Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed.” Robert Kiyosaki

It is the new year and I am faced with a dilemma.  I have a stretch fitness goal for the year, but it is my Father’s 80th birthday.  And for that 80th birthday we were to celebrate it a a local restaurant known for great food, and to top it off it is all you can eat with them constantly bring food to your table.

My calorie goal for the day was destroyed. Not only that but the food I was eating was not particularly healthy food either. At this point it is easy to drop the resolution to get “shredded” by summer.

I took that one day of failure and I put it behind me.  Starting the next day I got back to healthy, mindful eating.  I know that there will be other days that I will have similar calorie issues.  However, each time you overcome a failure or a set back you prove to yourself that you are the master desires, and your desires do not master you.