September 3

“As a single footstep will not make a path on earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental  path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”   – Henry David Thoreau


As a former educator and athletic coach, there were certain things/behaviors/insights I discovered that are primary catalysts for development in the mind-body equation. As Thoreau alludes to, one of the primary actions that a person can incorporate is the principle(s) of repetition and practice. Simply put, the more practice of a physical skill the better one will be at the skill; i.e. golf swing, distance running, dance, etc. It is not by chance that successful athletes are obsessed at getting better and thus spend an inordinate amount of time practicing(repetition).

This same approach is directly applicable to one’s choice of the kind of person they want to be. “You are what you think”. One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was from a friend and mentor when I was a young man; “It all starts between the ears”. Consider, negative thoughts generate negative actions while positive thinking (attitude) opens the door for positive actions. “Thou Mayest” is the key that unlocks the latter… reflective versus reactive thinking.

-Monty Cartwright


An English Teacher’s Secret to Aging Well

She’s 91 and disabled, but Flossie Lewis says she feels like she’s 15

Flossie Lewis does not mince words. The former English teacher asks the producers of PBS NewsHour’s Brief But Spectacular if the video she’s making is going to go viral before agreeing to share her thoughts on aging.

Her honest, wise words on aging have been making the rounds on social media since May, when the video first appeared. And it bears repeat viewing.

The changes that happen to your body are inevitable, Lewis says. “There is indigestion and your teeth fall out and suddenly you need hearing aids.”

But being old is a state of mind, says Lewis. “Now, I’m 91.  I’m badly crippled, but I still think I’m 15.”

What keeps her going?

  • Going outside with her walker or in her wheelchair
  • Writing light verse for the Piedmont Gardens Senior Living Community newspaper The Crest
  • Watching politics

She also says you never know when romance is coming your way.

Watch the video below to hear more of Lewis’ thoughts on aging.


Be careful of your thoughts, for they will become words.

Be careful of your words, for they will become actions.

Be careful of your action, for they will become habits.

Be careful of your habits, for they will become character.

Be careful of your charter, for it will become your destiny..

-source unknown





1 thought on “September 3”

  1. Well done MC!! Hope to see you in September. Miss you.

    Just finished my physical therapy daily exercises. So humbling to spend a year starting from nothing to build up some strength, only to have a set back and start over. This is sixth major surgery in seven years, not counting Ginny’s and Greg’s health issues.

    But truly grateful for being surrounded by loving family and friends. They are the nourishment of motivation to keep standing tall and placing one foot in front of the other to start over again and not give up.


    Sent from my iPhone


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