The excuse and extenuating circumstance

We’ve been working with a personal trainer since the beginning of the year. An observation I had as we started our latest session is that I, nearly always, have had a readymade excuse for either not showing up or not completing the session as planned.

These weren’t lame excuses either. They’ve been some combination of needing to attend to something at work or just tiredness at the end of a week (one of the two sessions is on Friday). They’ve always felt legitimate in the moment.

The lesson here is that our lives are a series of extenuating circumstances. There’s no point waiting for that perfect day when they don’t exist.

We make and keep the commitments that matter – and thus earn our integrity – in spite of them.