Sunday Quote

11-26-06cocoa1_eyesthatslayAll life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Sunday Quote

11-26-061wolf_eyesthatslayGet a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work it until it’s done, and done right.

—Walt Disney

Sunday Quote

11-26-06tree4_eyesthatslaySo let your heart hold fast
For this soon shall pass;
There’s another year ahead.

–Fort Atlantic, Let Your Heart Hold Fast

Five Things I Learned From the London 2012 Olympics

Dressage Stallion by fallingdominos/Flickr (Creative Commons)

1) Dressage is very zen. Seriously. Those beautiful animals go through their paces can be a form of meditation.

2) Watching the Olympics is itself a marathon. Far too many hours of coverage conflicting with work, writing, knitting and small items such as eating and sleeping. You have to pace yourself, make decisions and realize you are not going to see everything.

3) Embrace joy. Sometimes the simple act of being the part of something, not just watching, can be a prize in and of itself.

4) The greatest inspiration is not always the win, but can be grace in defeat. Liu Xiang and his departure from the field after he tore his Achilles tendon in the heats for the 110-meter hurdles will remain one of the enduring images of these games.

5) No matter what your dreams, there must be discipline and hard work in order to succeed. Write every day, learn from your mistakes and keep going.

By the closing ceremonies, I’d written 19,070 words for August on my Camp NaNoWriMo project. Discipline — and just because the Games are over, it doesn’t mean the work ends.