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Letter sent on May 12, 2017

Here’s What Happens When I Still Push Too Hard

Despite trying to Just Roll with It, my tendency is still to push too hard. Here’s what happens when I do.


Welcome to the new Just Rolling with It newsletter!

My gratitude to each of you who helped select this format :) Please continue sending feedback, letting me know what you do AND don’t like about it…

Now on to this week’s update…

I’ve been kind of sick since the weekend. I went for a bike ride Saturday, then met my family at the park.

The only clothes I had to wear were those I wore during the ride. That outfit worked when I was working hard on the bike. It didn’t work when I stopped!

I caught a chill. The chill turned into a full-on bug. My body broke down.

I’ve been kind of sick most of the week.

The weekend was only the trigger. The breakdown had been in the works for a while.

Despite trying to Just Roll with It, my tendency is still to push too hard. I was pushing pretty hard up through the weekend.

The weekend trigger pushed my body to force me to slow down. My body had to break down to slow me down.

I started feeling better Wednesday morning. Then I hit the accelerator again. My body broke down again.

It was talking to me. I was ignoring it!

It’s times like this that remind me Just Rolling with It is an ongoing process. It’s a journey, not a joy ride. These times remind me I’m not invincible.

Three years into this journey these reminders are still necessary. I’m feeling grateful to recognize them and receive their message (or at least try…)!

What’s your own tendency? Is it toward action or inaction? Do you push too hard or have trouble getting moving?

Have you learned to recognize this tendency within yourself? How do you recognize when you’ve swayed too far toward one end of the spectrum? How do you adjust when you do?

Finding this middle ground is what Just Rolling with It’s all about! I’m still working on it.

How about you?

Reply to this email and let me know :)

Catch you next week,


P.S. — The book list has been updated for the first time in a while. I replaced the James Altucher book I’d been reading with a new one by David Whyte.

Current Reading List

The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion (The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma #2) by Chögyam Trungpa

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar — Your Brain’s Silent Killers by David Perlmutter

Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity by David Whyte

Music of the Week

Live in Greece — DJ Mark Francis Part 1 by Mark Francis

Podcast of the Week

#60 — The Work of Your Life — with Khe Hy — Reboot