I’ve never liked the word cram. Even though there are several definitions for the word, I can’t think of one of them that doesn’t make me cringe just a little.
There’s cramming a suitcase or your day – as in trying to fit more than is humanly possible. And then there is cramming it down someone’s throat. “It” is rarely something good; and even if it was something yummy like a chocolate chip cookie – I don’t want it crammed down my throat.
In high school, my friends crammed for exams. That never worked for me; I could review the material so it was fresh on my mind, but I knew it or I didn’t. The thought of trying to “know” it a few hours before the test tied my stomach in knots – still does. Nowadays the tests are different. You can’t cram for a job interview, the big game or a friendship.
I had a couple of stressful days and my bad habits of comforting myself with food came flooding back. I woke up on the morn of my weigh-in trying to figure out how to cram a smaller number into the scale. Nope; you can’t cram that either.
When it comes down to it, you can’t cram life. It seems like whenever we try, there is an underlying lack of organization and/or discipline that leaves us feeling we need to catch up no matter how unrealistic.
Here’s to nurturing ourselves and enjoying life with a steady pace in our pursuit in excellence.