Your Outside Problems Can Often Be Fixed On The Inside With A Little Work

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“Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.” Aristotle (born 384 BCE) Brainy Quotes

Hi folks! Another lovely day. No?

Inside to outside small fileIf it seems as if something is wrong with your world, maybe something is wrong with your attitude – look inside and check it out. You can change you, but you can’t change the world. Well, not overnight anyway!

People pointed out to me that I have been hard on Nick (15-year old stepson) lately, and my response was the usual parent thing: “Well, he doesn’t put anything back, he makes a mess that he doesn’t clear up, he forgets stuff all the time so I have to drive all over creation, he puts his social life in front of his school work, yada, yada, yada!”

FitOldDog has a careful workout at the gym with Nick.

FitOldDog has a careful workout at the gym with Nick.

Then I thought about it! Nick’s a good kid but he’s a teenager (the old frontal lobe development delay). What do I expect? He’s going to act like a teenager, and he can’t pick up adult skills without some training, but he needs to be given a break from time to time.

Then my friend said, “You seem to be impatient lately. I bet it’s the effect of not being able to workout until you have your stent displacement fixed.” EUREKA!

I explained to Nick why I was in such a bad mood some days, and he replied, “I know that, Kev, it’s obvious, so don’t worry about it. Let’s go to the gym.”

OK! I don’t need to behave like that, so I went to the gym with Nick, and we had a great time. Now I work each day to exercise as much as I safely can. Things are calmer again! Mental health begins with physical health, in my opinion, and there is always some kind of workout you can do. I also had a gentle swim with Myles, another teenager who can drive you crazy if you’re mentally unbalanced, and we enjoyed our time in the pool with my friend and swim coach, Rick.

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Remember, your outside world is a reflection of your inside world.

-k @FitOldDog



  1. I am working on my sinusitis at the moment as I have been informed by someone that it is an inside job.

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