Friday, March 5, 2004

All or nothing?

Got a PDF file on a very interesting topic, how people read today, or something to that effect. It could as well be retitled, how people don't read today. The whole point of the very timely and relevant article is that people don't really read now, they scan or surf, just as they would a TV set. Which goes to explain why a lot of new hires seemingly fail to have in-depth know-how of things. All these surfing makes it easy to know a bit about everything but not a lot about some things. It's really ironic how all these technology and reading materials have made knowledge elusive. It's like the dieter's dilemma, it could be a lose-all or not-at-all thing. Which makes life harder for most of us. It's getting to be a read-all or not-at-all proposition.
It's like the explosion of communication tools. You would think we'd be relating better to people with all the cellphones available or ready accessibility of internet-ready computers. But sadly, this isn't the fact. I've sat through dinners where people are more preoccupied with texting than the table conversation. In fact, at times, I was guilty of this. Like, instead of greeting strangers in the elevator with a smile, I would rather check my cellphone for messages. Heck, I keep seeing people texting or talking inside the church. Now, that's already absurd. When even talking to God takes a distant second and when messages seem to overtake everything else including prayer time. Which is why for the past five or so years, I've been putting off getting cable TV. I know it would really eat into whatever reading, meditation or updating time I have. I should know myself. There's this power that draws me to keep checking the TV even for those seemingly silly infomercials. The all-or-nothing principle also extends to fitness. I've been reading my ACE review book and methinks the big reason why people are not successful in losing weight and keeping it off is that we, generally, wants to lose much or not at all. Or when it comes to exercise, we want to corner an hour or so of exercise time in our busy days. And finding none, we would rather eat and do something else. Granted that oftentimes, if we want change, it calls for drastic measures. Like my second and I hope, the last time I quit smoking about 11 years ago, I know it should be cold turkey. Cutting down on cigarettes was out of the question. But for a lot of things in life, we can do with slow transitions, little changes here and there we can sustain. We're all creatures of habit. I guess that's being human. Oftentimes, the most difficult thing is to get things started.  Like exercise. Believe you me, sometimes, it's hard to haul my ass to the gym or the courts but once I start sweating, it's all systems go. I have two prospective clients who've asked me to help them with their weight training program. That was like two months ago. I haven't heard anything from them since I sent them preprogramming questionnaires. Hmmm. Well, if getting started is difficult, I guess sustaining the effort is a Mt. Everest climb. Probably, my point also is that we often take health for granted. It comes so low in our priorities.  Yeah, we know it's important but when faced with deadlines, other commitments and obligations, it takes a back seat. Kaya nga I believe that exercise time is something akin to work, it should be squeezed into our schedules, just like prayer time. Otherwise, talagang mawawalan ka ng oras for exercise. One last thing, it's often difficult to explain to my badminton friends why weight training is important to me. After my injury, a few have been trying to convince me to just play badminton in lieu of gym. I guess it's also a cultural thing and old beliefs die hard -- like weight training can slow you down or something. Well, it's a challenge if I want to make some headway in my other career, which is fitness. Food for thought as I continue my exam review.

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