Friday, August 26, 2011

Breathe In, Breathe Out, Breathe In, Breathe Out, Just Breathe, Just Believe

The title of this entry comes from lyrics to the songs Machine Head by Bush and Breathe by Telepopmusik. Image source.

Breathe and know that you
can do anything.  Release
negativity.

This is my pep talk to myself for the 3-Day Novel Contest, which is starting soon.  I recently ran into a friend of mine at the gym.  We were talking about diet, exercise and being healthier.  We both agreed that it is not easy, although I have found an excellent yoga teacher, and I've been working on some lifestyle changes.  With a haiku theme of "breathe", I can't help but think of yoga, especially since I practiced yoga just a few hours ago.  My friend also has been making similar changes in her life, but her results are even more dramatic than mine.  I asked her what her motivation was, and she gave me an unexpected answer: money.

She said that she could have achieved the same results if she had just stopped overeating and started exercising.  But she said she didn't feel motivated to do that, so she spent money seeing a doctor, seeing a nutritionist, joining a gym, getting a personal trainer, buying vitamins and weight loss supplements, etc.  She said the fact that she was spending a lot of money on all of these things made her more motivated to follow through.  I see her point.  I go to the gym much more now that I am making a monthly payment, compared to when I was exercising at the free gym at my old apartment, when I was exercising for free on the beach where I lived, or when I paid the gym fee in a lump sum a few years ago.  I feel like I need to get my money's worth.  



I think the entry fee in 3-Day Novel will have a similar effect.  Several years I tried to complete NaNoWriMo unsuccessfully.  NaNo is free.  On the other hand, 3-Day Novel costs $55.  That is not a ton of money, but it is just enough that you probably won't spend that amount unless you are serious about completing a novel.  For me, I think this competition is the only way that I will complete my first novel.  I don't know why money is such a motivator, but it is.  So I'm taking a deep breath and focusing on completing my outline before September 2nd.  Why is money such a motivator?  Is it because of our attachment to money?

9 comments:

Spadoman said...

First of all, a very nice haiku. I believe the less important and harmful vibes we carry are expelled with every breath, and more so if we are cognizant of it and ask for it to be so
As far as money, I remember spending money on health issues. I was motivated too, but I look back as your question has made me reflect. I had put forth effort, and that was the motivation, to get what I could, the optimum results, from the effort. Money was part of this effort, but it was getting up and actually leaving the house to go and register that seemed harder than spending money. The daily commute out of the way of my usual routine, that kept me at it. So, not just the money, but the effort.
Good luck with the novel contest.

Peace

GrandmaK said...

I like your haiku! Has a most calming effect...Wishing you well! Cathy

Grace said...

I like the haiku... goes with yoga exercises very well.

The best of luck to you~

Marit said...

What a thoughtful blogpost... you have me thinking too. I think you're right that money can be a motivator... it's hard to keep doing the things when they cost nothing. Discipline is not everyones cup of tea (mine neither) I love the haiku and your blogtitle!

rebecca said...

your haiku is a strong mantra for great achievement. may the challenge of the novel writing breathe into you with intensity and ease.
like any art i love the sussing out of what lives deep with us all. looking forward to your novel.

Leo said...

Release negativity.. how true, the magical nature of a deep breath :) Loved it.

Pat said...

Good luck in the contest. Remember - success is in the effort!

haikudoyou said...

simple haiku with a profound message

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I do believe I needed that reminder this morning...the morning after an evening of anger...