“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
There I was, lying flat on my back. The cold steel of the dumbell biting my hands as I counted out the reps of my third set of bench presses.
Four - Five - Six.
That's good enough for today, right? I can just stop. Call it good.
But that is when my coach calls out encouragement, "you can do it Pete." And so I pushed through the seventh rep. Arms trembling, heart pounding, heavily breathing.
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
~ Randy Pausch The Last Lecture
Seven - eight - nine - ten. Eleven? Twelve?
What is it about that seventh rep that makes life scream to a halt and the body complain that their is nothing left to give? Yet when you make it through, there is suddenly energy enough for almost seven more.
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