The last few days I have been feeling under the weather, but I tripped across this quote attributed to Arnold Schwarzenegger… “The mind always fails first, not the body.”
Sometimes it is nice to have a bit of self-pity and pampering when you are feeling sick, but never let it stop you from doing the important stuff on your schedule. I still went for a walk remembering that the primitive part of my mind is desperately trying to hoard energy (that is the mind’s job–conserve energy so it can operate).
However, the primitive part of my mind is not aware that I live in a world of abundance. I do not have to scavenge or forage for food. I do not have to worry about needing energy to run if a lion springs at me out of nowhere. I have ample shelter, food, and people who will take care of me if needed.
So today’s lesson is… your mind will say a lot of stuff to make you hoard food and conserve energy but you don’t have to listen. It’s just the primitive part of you not recognizing you have all that you need and more in today’s society. It is okay to be hungry for a day. It is okay to push yourself a little harder.
Arnold Schwarzenegger had it right. The mind gives up long before the body has to. Just keep going. Your body will thank you later for not always listening to your mind.