Body & Mind

May 9, 2010·

And now a message from an old guy:

Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”

-General George S. Patton, U.S. Army and 1912 Olympian

Dang. I didn’t realize the words of an old (deceased) Army General would ever make so much sense to me. The body always gives up – for me. Trust me, my body would always rather stay on the couch, or in bed. My body never wants to get up earlier than it has to. My mind does the grunt work. My body is just the carrier pigeon.

Was feeling a small sense of personal defeat on Friday – and was feeling a general sense of being overwhelmed. (It happens. Right? Right.) And, in the midst of doing work, stumbled across this quote. I think I’m going to print off 100 copies of it and tape it up everywhere I need a reminder.

Sometimes the mind just needs a reminder – because the body tends to forget.


PS: I think Betty White is a rockstar in both body and mind. She was effing brilliant on SNL last night. For reals.