Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Chris Bennett


Addictions may have good intentions.  Lifting weights is a good habit, but it may mask a release of stress, which could lead to injury if the body is pushed too hard.  Running is a great addiction, but any runner or athlete for that matter will tell you that pavement and knees ultimately do not mix without moderation and tender loving care of your body.


What is your addiction?  What is the one habit you can or cannot be without?  Life is a consistent rotation of addictions, good and bad. The idea though, is to admit when one addiction is harmful no matter what the associated pleasures may be, and embrace a balanced state of mind and body.  After all, “good” addictions like running can help us have at least a little serenity each day.


Find a positive habit that allows calm for just a few minutes, or even a few seconds. People struggle with this concept, as simple as it may be. Addictions themselves can bring into true light what it means to make every day count. Fixations of addiction are mere masks of determination. The direction of the determination is left to the addict.


Good addictions are not limited to exercise.  Read More »

Posted on 15 November, 2008 in Balance, Fitness & Health, Happiness, Making the Day Count
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Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Tamara Belinc


Maude Womble of Tullahoma never realized retiring at the age of 82 would lead her to another career — one as an artist.


When the day care center where she worked closed, her children talked her into retiring.  “I had to have something to do,” she said. “I’ve worked nearly all of my life.”  She didn’t want to do “public work,” she said. Instead she found something enjoyable she could do at home.  “My daughter, Tammy, brought me a paint-by-number kit,” she said. “I thought if I could do that, I could draw and paint.”


Although she has never had art lessons, she soon found she didn’t need to paint by numbers. She developed her own colorful, primitive style of painting that has attracted many admirers. Read More »

Posted on 14 November, 2008 in Career, Happiness, Inspirational Stories, Motivation, Productivity
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