What Condition Your Condition Is In

“I tripped on a cloud and fell-a eight miles high, I tore my mind on a jagged sky.” – Mickey Newbury, Jr.

The only person responsible for your condition is you, my friends. Not your coach, not your trainer; not your bartender, partner, kids, spouse, bookie, minister or guru. They may influence the decisions you make, positively or negatively, but the ultimate tender of your condition is YOU. Period.

The choices you make—whether to will yourself through the final mile of a marathon and cross the finish line, to cut a long training run short, to push yourself up that killer hill, or to have another shot at last call—in the end you are the one who makes those decisions.

Choices are sometimes tantalizing. When choices become daunting try to look past your immediate situation and consider the reward, because the reward for making the right decisions is good health—physical, emotional, psychological—and face it, without your health you have nothing. The better your choices, the better your condition. The better your condition, the better the you.

Your condition is in your hands, my friends. What you do with it is your choice. I have a sense you will make the responsible decisions, and you will be rewarded if you do.




About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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7 Responses to What Condition Your Condition Is In

  1. Sophie33 says:

    That is wisdom, my dear friend! Very well said! x


  2. WalkToRio says:

    I already clicked “Like”, but I just wanted to say that I really liked it and agree 100%.


    • Jim Brennan says:

      Well, as a writer you know that a few words are better than a click anytime. Story behind the story: I woke with that song in my head yesterday, wrote the post, and then ironically, The Big Lebowski was on television last night. Of course I watched it (like for the twenty-seventh time.)
      Thanks for taking the time to write.


  3. Mark Mangan says:

    Just dropping in for a little inspiration..


  4. drmikebda says:

    Dear Jim, I try to follow and Adlerian philosophy in my psychological practice. One of the Adlerian saying is in the USA we have a statue of Liberty here on the east cost. What we need is an equally large statue of Responsibility to the West Cost to achieve some sort of balance.


    • Jim Brennan says:

      Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us, Mike. I always liked the Left Coast philosophy, less of a rat race. Balance is the key to survival. Ironically we’re heading to New York City this week. The 9/11 Museum and Memorial are on our list–the real cost of Liberty.


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