The Foundation Work

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July 15, 2012 by David Gillaspie

You’ve heard the saying “You can’t know someone until you’ve walked in their shoes.”

Or walk in their footsteps.

Or take their path.

They all mean the same thing: Your feet on the ground.

No matter what the reason, your feet on the ground defines you. From barefooting to mountain climbing boots, if your feet are on the ground you’re headed somewhere. Your mental and physical characteristics improve.

Feet are the foundation. Footings are key.

If you spend more time on your seat than your feet, then the foundation weakens. The load grows heavier, too heavy for the foundation to support. Obesity, fallen arches, and energy loss follows.

Once you start rolling down that path, history kicks in. Your history. It fades deeper into the past when you remember what you used to do.

“I had the handles on the basketball court once.”

Now you can’t jump enough to touch the net.

“I used to lift weights.”

Now you lift a fork.

“I used to do things with friends.”

Now your friends are the charge nurse at the clinic check-in, the pharmacist filling your prescriptions, and the ‘counselor’ at the Jenny Craig storefront. You bond with them because you see them more often than anyone else.

Foundation work is hard and dirty. It’s uncomfortable. But it is a life saver.

Go ahead and stand up to start. Move one foot. Now the other.


Let me know how it works out.

After a nice walk, find your desk and follow the same routine to write.

One word.

Then another.


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