Don’t Trust Your Mind; You Can Help The Animals, And Get In Shape

Ginger tea with one tea bag.

Ginger tea, delicious! But ONLY ONE TEA BAG!!!! Photo by FitOldDog.

FitOldDog's vegetable sautee breakfast.

You don’t have to eat animals for breakfast. This was really delicious, and no animal parts. Lots of protein, too! Cuisine and photo by FitOldDog.

It’s funny how my mind can make up it’s mind, too fast. And be really, really wrong.

I picked up my ginger tea today, before settling down to work. I glanced at the side of the cup. ONLY ONE TEA BAG.

My mind starts to say (I watch it instead of listening), “I asked for two tea bags. It’s too weak with one. Should I go back and complain. It’s always the same person who does that [Not true!]. Maybe I should go to a different coffee shop?”

I wait for the rant to stop, double check the cup, and as my wiser-self expected. TWO TEA BAGS, just as I requested.

Now my mind would love to go on another rant.Maybe I should go back and apologize for thinking that, yada, yada, yada!” Fortunately, I know how to quiet my mind, and so I did. But this got me to thinking.

FitOldDog's ginger tea with two tea bags.

See! My ginger tea had two tea bags. Time to chill, mind!! Photo by FitOldDog, as a message to his mind.

When the news tells us that there are millions of people or animals in trouble, the mind will  say to itself, “Boy! I can’t deal with that. It’s too much for me. Hopefully, the government, or some big organization, will fix it.” This is just not true. You can help people. You can help the animals. You just can’t help all of them.

Just do something, and feel good about it.

As the holidays approached, I asked some of my friends to give me time spent as ‪#‎vegetarian‬ or ‪#‎vegan‬ weeks. Instead of holiday gifts. If they planned to give me gifts, that is! I received 8 weeks, and some nice comments. This totals 91 x (8/52) = 14 animals saved. I felt good about that.

I can’t sit around feeling bad for millions of turkeys, I couldn’t save.

FitOldDog's Thanksgiving turkey.

My Thanksgiving turkey. Turkey and photo by FitOldDog.

I did save one, at least!

Better to help a few people, than none. Better to help a few animals, than none!

Better than doing nothing.

The same goes for exercise. Your mind will say, “I can’t do that.”

Do it anyway!

And while you’re at it. Feel good about what you can do, not bad about what you can’t do.

Life is more fun, and more effective, that way.

Remember, you are not your mind, it’s just a tool. Like any tool, it can be misused.


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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.