Victory Party or Pity Party? Your choice. #goodlife

Helen Keller
Helen Keller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I complained that I had no shoes till I saw a man that had no feet.” Unknown.

 Essential to living a sane life: proper perspective about our problems.

Most people would rather have a pity party than a victory party.

Ten pounds in 2 1/2 weeks and I feel great. Weight Watchers and an hour workout six times a week. I've lost my mind, you say? No, I've found it. 

Mrs. Grace Adkins, our 85 year old learning lab coordinator at the school, started riding her bike an hour a day, six days a week back in January and has de-aged at least 15 years. She looks great and her mind is sharp and totals 120 miles a week. She's 85 and makes no excuses. What's my problem?

My problem was making excuses instead of taking care of business. If this body I inhabit isn't my business then nothing else is. Knee problems aside, I can do something for an hour a day six days a week: walk, turtle jog (my very slow form of running since I hurt my knee), yard work, pilates, treadmill, play Wii fit. If an 85 year old can do it, I have no excuse at all for my decision to be sedentary. Let me ask you, if this 43 year old can do it, what is your excuse?

I choose the victory party not the pity party. How about you?

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” Helen Keller

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot 

I'm committed to living a good life, are you?

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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