The Prompt: Pains and Gains—Do you agree with Jane Fonda’s favorite exercise motto, “no pain, no gain?” Is it impossible to attain greatness without considerable hardship?
I think that it is possible to attain greatness without considerable hardship in that all the effort you go to to achieve what you achieve is often in an area where hard work becomes play. I have sat up all night writing or doing art for most of my life for the past thirty or more years and it wasn’t hardship because I loved doing it. In fact, I was compelled to do so. I’ll bet you anything that Jane Fonda enjoyed all that hard exercise. I, on the other hand, prefer to exercise my hands typing on keyboards or maneuvering flex shafts or paint brushes! And with my sort of exercise, an occasional Margarita doesn’t hurt!
She: What is the most dreaded disease of hockey players?
He.: i give
She: Chicken Pucks!!!
He: (facepalm emoticon)
She: What is the most dreaded disease of Narcissists?
He.: I give
She: The most dread disease of martyrs? (Promise, last one.)
She: You-rinary tract infections
He: (headbang emoticon)
Note: This Skype conversation actually occurred the same night as the 3 Margarita conversation posted yesterday; so no, I’m not drinking Margaritas every night. Also, I mix very weak Margaritas, so they are not totally to blame for the silliness above. Around one or two in the morning, my mind usually gets on a jag and the best way to deal with it is just to hang up on me, which happened soon after this string of unfortunate jokes. Corny, but I still get a kick out of them. Yes, they are all original. I wouldn’t blame them on anyone but my own past-midnight mind. Judy