Culturally, all day every day, we are inundated with the latest schemes selling “short cuts”, “easy ways”, and “life hacks”, we’ve become obsessed with gimmicks.

This notion of effortless “fixes” has penetrated every institution slowly undermining and eroding our national character and collective consciousness. It makes us slower, fatter, and provides endless excuses.

The FACT of the matter is that true and lasting growth requires effort. Its a process that requires CONSTANT attention and continual input of energy.

Our endeavor of exercise and fitness is no different. The formula for fitness is simple : F(fitness)= E(effort)+S(sacrifice). Sometimes this means exchanging comfort for discomfort or waking instead of sleeping.

Its not just about exercise though, is it? What we are really talking about is devotion to an ideal, and for us that ideal involves the maintenance and improvement of our organism which embodies the essence of who we are as thinking, feeling beings.

By tending to our bodies in terms of exercise, nutrition, and stress reduction we are simultaneously enriching our minds and our souls which are tied to and enveloped inside of our organism.

With all this in mind; so long as we develop and maintain a clear idea of who we are becoming and where we are headed, and continue to perform the work required to lead us in that direction, we become better, stronger and more highly developed in every way. Once the work becomes routine or “easy” its time to take a look at what we are doing, how we are doing it and what we will gain from it (again, growth requires effort)

I urge you to continue travelling THE ROAD NOT TAKEN; doing the work, accepting the difficulty and overcoming the obstacles the week produces. I will look over your shoulder throughout-

Perhaps Frost is so often cited because its the beautiful truth….

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TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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