Rain or Shine

No excuses. Pound the pavement.

When I weighed forty pounds more than I do now, I decided to make a positive change in my life. I chose to run every day. Every day for thirty straight days. Rain or shine. Gentle breeze or near cyclonic winds. No excuses.

After thirty straight days, I could take a single day off. Just one. Not two. Not three. One. Otherwise, I would run the risk of voiding the healthy new habit I had formed over the prior thirty days. As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to learn this about myself.

Just as I once did with running, I’m now going to do the same with blogging. Writing used to be on autopilot for me, day in and day out. Somewhere along the way that changed. I blame my kids mostly. And, the whole having a full-time job thing we have to do to be productive members of society and blah blah blah.

I don’t expect you to read every blog post. But over the course of thirty days maybe just maybe you’ll find a few flakes caught in the wires of your sieve.

Is there something in your life you want to do that you once did? Is there something new you want to start? It could be a hobby or a habit change. It may even be eating salad or drinking more water. Day one can be today or it can be tomorrow. Just don’t make it the day after.

By Jeffrey Pillow

Jeffrey Pillow is an American short story writer, memoirist, and poet. He is the author of The Lady Next Door. His writing has been published in Urge Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, 16 Blocks, USA Today, Sports Illustrated,, New York Times, Washington Post, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He grew up in the small town of Phenix, Virginia, population: 200, and now lives in Charlottesville with his wife, two kids, and a dog named Mozzarella Cheese. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was a Rainey Scholar. This is his blog.

4 replies on “Rain or Shine”

Inspiring words that are spot on! It sure spoke to me. I drifted away 4 mile walk when the pollen count was HIGH because i tried stepping out tge door and i could not stop coughing! I didn’t want to scare someone to death with my hacking so I stayed in and boy do I now regret it! I have to remember theses encouraging words, my son!

Still here reading every single one!! Love them! This one was cool. I get it…30 days to form a habit! Wow! Blog on Jeff!

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