Thursday, July 09, 2009


I don’t store too much food in my pantry and walk to the grocery store almost daily to get what I need. I started this trend many years ago because there was a time when I hated to exercise. I was trying to find a way to push myself out of the house, instead of being a couch potato with a remote control glued to my hand. So, I manipulated my mind into exercising by keeping as little food in the house, thus a need for a daily walk to the store. I am guaranteed to get two miles of exercise.

I’ve long since moved on from those days of being unmotivated. However, I still live off of a reward system. I tell myself I must earn what I need or want. I must be really good if I want to be bad on occasion (LOL). If I want dessert, I must walk to the store to get it. If I want to hang out with friends on the weekend and have a few glasses of wine and maybe dance, I have to earn it by eating well and exercising during the week. I’m not perfect in this feat, but I do give myself a 90% success rate.

For those of you who think I sound a bit rigid… I’m not. I just understand how important it is to bring balance to my life, and the way to achieve this is by creating a plan of action that works and works well. My plan might not work for everyone, but there is no reason why you can’t create something that works for you. Just remember to think, act and work hard for those rewards that sustain your life. I’m convinced any plan can help you appreciate life a bit more and have you not take your existence for granted, as we all do from time to time.

Speaking of rewards, I might have never met Floppy if I wasn’t walking to the grocery store to get dinner. Last week, when I was out on my quest for food, I noticed this cute little brown baby bunny eating grass on a neighbor’s lawn. The bunny caught my attention because one of its ears is turned down as he hops around (which is his form of exercise – LOL). As he’s hopping and eating grass, one of his little ears just flops around and the other stands straight and tall. It really is cute.

It’s important to mention that this is a feral rabbit. You can’t walk a block in my neighborhood without seeing a rabbit or two… or more. However, Floppy (a name I gave him because of his little ear) caught my eye.

I think Floppy is challenged too by his deformity. I don’t think he can hear out of this one ear. I’m not sure if he was born this way or if it was damaged from being out in the wild. I’m able to get close to him when I approach him from the side with the floppy ear, but if I try to get near him from the other side he makes a mad dash and hides.

I’ve been back to visit Floppy everyday. Yes, I stick to my routine of exercising to eat, but this time my reward is better than food, because I get to see Floppy. He looks like a happy little rabbit. I thought it would be nice to catch him and keep him as a pet, but that is unlikely. You would think my major concern would be that he might have rabies, but that is not why I can’t make him a pet. He belongs right where he is, on a beautiful lawn eating grass with his many admirers passing by, looking at him with a smile from ear to ear. I caught one lady talking baby talk at him. It was very funny, but endearing. Floppy brings a great deal of joy and pleasure to my daily life and to everyone else who likes to stop, look and gush at him. He is one of those great rewards that I talked about earlier in this post.

Floppy and I have a message for you. We want you to work hard, so that you can reward yourself in the end. We must all work hard in every role we play in life. If we are successful employees, coworkers, spouses, friends, parents and neighbors, the rewards will come. I’ve got to run now… Seriously. I’ve got to exercise to eat and of course I need to go see Floppy. - paerki

(Select the following link to see my video of Floppy: Fireflies and Floppy)

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