By Jayaram V
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It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but
we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our
responsibilities. - Josiah Charles Stamp.
You must take personal responsibility. You
cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but
you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. -
For the truth is, we control our life. We
control how lucky we are. We create our fortune with our effort.
We alone have the power. - Rick Pitino, Basketball Coach.
Larry weighed 260 pounds. When he looked at himself in the
mirror he did not like what he saw. His weight lowered his
self-esteem and made him feel bad in the presence of others. For
the last several years he neglected his health and did not do
enough to keep his body in shape. In the past, he used to
exercise few times a week. But as his responsibilities grew, he
became habituated to a sedentary life style and began spending
more time in front of his laptop. He knew that his boss had a
poor opinion of him, because of the way he looked, and would be
too happy to get rid of him at the slightest opportunity.
Four years of neglect and resentment against his boss and his
company took a toll on his body. He was unable to relax or sleep
peacefully. He was gnawed by negative thoughts. He ate almost
absent mindedly, thinking of some incident in the office or some
problem that bothered him. He felt pain in his feet, as he
walked. He gasped for breath, when he climbed the stairs or
spoke on the phone, while walking. The chairs in his office
creaked, when he sat, often prompting the interns to exchange
meaningful glances behind his back.
He had trouble, getting into his old clothes or wearing his
old shoes. He felt uncomfortable, walking from the parking lot
to the departmental store. His wife and daughter complained that
he snored loudly, while they were trying to sleep. They were
concerned that he breathed heavily and walked slowly, when they
went out for an evening walk. He felt miserable, listening to
their comments. Occasionally, when he exercised at home, nagged
by his wife, his body ached for rest and he would stop before he
even warmed up.
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