Saturday, September 22, 2012
My first semester of law school, I studied like crazy. I wrote definitions for the words I didn't know in the margins of my casebooks. I was always prepared for class and when the end of semester exams came along (which accounted for 100% of my grades) I kicked ass. I studied each day and did all the little things I needed to do and it paid off at exam time.
So the next semester I did the same thing, right? I studied and wrote definitions? Nope. I got cocky. I thought "I've got this handled". I read cases quickly and didn't take notes and at the end of the semester when those exams came around...I got C's.
Another example. A few years ago I was in great shape. I walked several miles each day. Bread and potatoes never passed my lips. Then little things happened, nothing major, just little things that made me think I didn't need to be quite so vigilant. I could have a cookie or an order of fries. And, I probably could, but once I started down that slippery slope---I had a cookie and didn't gain weight, so why not have another? Now...sigh...
And, when those things happen and I realize that I worked so hard to get to a certain level and let it slip away, I get mad at myself.
I've read some posts around bloggerville lately (my apologies for not naming them, but honestly once I start clicking from blog to blog then a new blog roll to explore...I forget where I am and where I've been) about how easy it is to slip away from the little things that make a DD relationship work and when those little things are left out, it doesn't take long before things get way off track.
My point? I guess what I'm trying to say is that I've learned that when something is important to me, whether it's my health, my writing or my relationships, I need to be vigilant every day, including all the little things.
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