Wait a Minute… Let’s Slow Down

I was writing a post for my blog a while ago, when suddenly, I decided to stop… Why?

I realized I needed to think more about the topic and possibly do some research about it.

“That’s it?” you may ask.

You see, I’ve been blogging for a month now and I’m quite satisfied with the results. All my posts, though, are written in one sitting. If I needed to find or verify some facts, I do it in that time span; from the time I wrote the title, up to the moment I click the publish button.

“I see nothing wrong there?” the main hero said (Okay, I’m just kidding, I just don’t want to type ‘you may ask.’ again.)

Yep, there’s nothing wrong with it. In the future, I’m still going to write and publish posts using the ‘done in just one sitting’ approach. But… If I could make my blog post better… If I take more time thinking about it and/or by doing some more research, then, I’m going to consider delaying publishing it.

I’ve been reading on advice/tips by bloggers and writers on the internet. One advice I hear repeatedly is to spend some time before publishing your article/post. In that way, you can see where to make changes once you look at your article again when you’re fresh.

Since I’ve been rambling for a while now. I’m going to be considerate and write a summary—and I’m even to make it bold so the reader can easily see it.

Instead of writing and publishing your blog post all in one sitting, take some time before publishing it; in that way, you can make further improvements—which results on a better blog post.

The Difference Between Getting Fit and Saving Money in the Bank

Image from Flickr by Lummmy

If you like reading blogs and watching videos about fitness, you probably read or heard some fitness experts claiming that getting fit is like saving money in the bank.

Which is true . . . to a certain extent. How? Allow me to explain.

Using the bank analogy, they claim that going to the gym is like depositing money in the bank. The more you exercise, the fitter you get; likewise, the more you deposit money in the bank, the larger your savings get.

That analogy is somewhat accurate—until we take into account one aspect of fitness that is different from how a bank operates. What’s that difference?

Consistency. The only way to stay fit is to continually exercise a given amount of times every week. In my opinion, the bare minimum is once a week, although I find it unnatural.

That is, if you stop exercising regularly, you’re fitness level will decline. If you’re lifting weights for example, and it took more than a week before your next session; most of the time, you’ll find that your strength level went down—even if only slightly.

Compare that to a bank, wherein, even if you don’t deposit money for months, or even years, the amount of money you have there will still grow because of the interest.

To conclude, the key to staying fit is to exercise regularly. Don’t be complacent once you achieved your fitness goals. Even if you only plan to maintain your current fitness level—remember that to stay fit you got to deposit regularly in your special fitness bank.

Not Just a Quote #2

Be wary when people use ‘we’ in place of ‘I’ — for misery loves company.

—Whitebeltblogger (or you can substitute anonymous if you like)

Maybe you can recall times when other people said to you, things like, “We don’t know what to do,” unless you are someone who is not easily persuaded by the words of others — you may find yourself actually agreeing with their sentiment. Inside your head, you may hear the inner voice, “I don’t know what to do,” when in fact, you knew what to do before.

It’s in our nature as humans to find others in a group that will agree or be with us. Having the ability to persuade others to follow us, was necessary for our survival in ancient times — even to this today.

There are times other people use ‘we’, when in fact, ‘I’ is more appropriate. Like for example, “We are helpless.” Think for yourself, “Is that really true?” I mean, it is obvious that person feels helpless, but is it the case for you as well? Most probably not.

What we could do in situations like these is to offer our help or support to that person, without allowing ourselves to be drawn to their drama. But a word of warning . . . there are some people who are chronic whiners and complainers. In those instances we should just distance ourselves from them, there is a slight possibility that once other people stop listening to their rants and complaints, they will stop doing those unproductive habits.

On the contrary, there are times when you accomplish something worthwhile yourself, then people will claim it is a group effort. If you’re in a team, and they have in fact put in some effort, no matter how small . . . then just let it pass. But, if they do not take part in the activity . . . just smile — you know deep inside yourself, who have accomplished what. Same thing happens when people say: “We won! We won!” when their favorite team wins. That’s another story though.

Not Just a Quote #1

I once thought of a clever way to send someone two quotes in one text message. Here’s how:

Hey ‘Random Textmate’, I never sent you a quote before. Here’s a single quote -> ‘ and here’s a double quote -> ” . See, I sent you two quotes in one message!

Even with the rather long name ‘Random Textmate,’ the message is less than 160 characters. You can try sending it to your friends, but don’t be surprised if you receive a rather unfavorable response, such as, ‘Corny.’

Oh well, each person has a different sense of humor. Humor is subjective, remember that.