The Monday Effect 

Happy Monday!

It’s common to dread Monday: we’d all like our weekend of fun to never end. 

Understandable, but why begin your week, a whole new seven days of opportunity, on a negative note?

I’ve decided to post every Monday with a discussion about a way to view a particular concept in a different light. These discussions will be fuelled by experiences I’ve recently had and what I’ve learned along the way.

This week, I’ll be discussing perseverance. Over the years I have gradually become more athletic, but still have a fairly weak cardio endurance.

Recently, I decided I would try something I’ve wanted to attempt for quite awhile: running a race. 

I selected a local 5k, signed up, and then it was time to begin training. A good friend of mine decided he would join me in this endeavour, as he is in a similar position as me with regards to athleticism. 

As of now, we have met three times to go running. We do 30 minutes of intervals of walking and running, and then we run until our endurance stops us. The first time, we could only run for .06 km. Then, it was 1.2 km, and most recently, 1.3 km. 

At first, I was discouraged that our latest run was only slightly better than the previous. However, this quote sums up how I have decided to view it now:

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant”

-Robert Stevenson 

Instead of feeling down and possibly even quitting, I’ve realized that while perhaps I didn’t make as much progress as I had hoped to, at least I tried. I also see that I did make progress, which is still progress. By going out and trying, I’m planting the seeds to achieve my goal in the end. Every seed counts.

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