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Tuesday, 18 January 2011


"The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties." Abigail Adams

Habits can be good or bad, but in reading this quote that Abigail Adams wrote in a letter to her son, John Quincy Adams, as he was getting ready to embark on a voyage overseas to accompany his father on a diplomatic mission, I somehow know she meant it to mean that he would only become stronger, healthier in mind, body, and spirit and develop GOOD habits as he experienced the hardships and anxieties of being separated from her, and on a ship which could become chaotic and go under with just one tumultuous storm encountered.

Developing good habits demands a vigorous mind and disciplined spirit. Attaining and/or sustaining a healthy, toned body demands that good habits be practiced, for the most part. It's just not easy. But, the more you practice GOOD habits, the more NATURAL they become. And there's something about the rewards of good habits that seems to hard-wire the brain and the mind to WANT to keep up good habits! It's a win-win ONCE you get into the rhythm of GOOD HABITS.

BUT, making the first steps to START good habits or even MORE difficult , OVERCOMING bad habits BEFORE starting good habits -- well, that's tough. BUT, TOTALLY POSSIBLE and DO-ABLE and actually , NECESSARY if you want to age well and have a great life. Getting through difficult times doesn't mean life is not full, happy, or rewarding, and joyful.

It keeps the mind VIGOROUS, the body HEALTHY and BEAUTIFUL, and the soul EVER-SEARCHING, but PEACEFUL and JOYFUL!

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