“…we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
- Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World’s Greatest Philosophers (1926)
So, I haven’t written a blog of any sort for more than 4 years. It’s a long time. But life, work and a distinct lack of interest stymied my grand plans of internet domination. I’m a bit fatter, a bit greyer but still have a keen interest in performance and helping people reach their physical potential. The reason I started blogging in the first place was an attempt to improve my writing. I actually forgot about that goal and started using it as more of a journal and a place to document my actions and thoughts. Even despite this lowly goal, my prose improved markedly. Since stopping this process of regular recording, I find my writing skills have slipped. I’ve tried other methods to get back on track but reverting to a tried and tested system seems like a good idea.
The above quote by Durant is a popular one. I’ve never read the book – The Story of Philosophy (it’s on my list of books to find) but the quote is generally attributed to Aristotle. It is in fact Durant’s summing up a line in his own words from the great Greek philosopher’s Nicomachean Ethics, “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather have these because we have acted rightly; these virtues are formed in man by doing his actions;” (see blog by Frank Herron for more detail).
With this thought in mind I have begun a 30 day challenge. To get back into the habit of writing, I am committing to a journal of my current daily rituals and goals. Along the way I’ll present a bit about myself and my interests as well as hopefully some discussions on life, the universe and everything.