If it moves for, it’s pro, if it moves away, it’s con. But not every Pro has a Con. So a Proverb doesn’t have a Converb, but a procession does have a concession. Wait… hmmm. A procession is a group of people moving in an orderly way. A process is an orderly set of steps. But a concession means to give up something. Both have the root word “Cession” which means giving up something. If you look at it, it’s 2 sides of the same situation. Process–moving forward to take ceded land, and concess–ceding the land to the processors. What does that have to do with popcorn and hot dogs? The ball games and the movie theaters allow you to have food as long as it’s theirs. Otherwise people would sneak food in. So understanding that people watching their shows or games want to be eating while they do this, the establishments concede that it is better for them to offer food that patrons must buy on site than allow people to bring in picnic baskets or illicit food sellers to sneak in and sell it on site. So now they have a Process: confiscate all incoming food, including water bottles, and sell food for people to consume on the premises. Yes, they check your handbags.
You can have a Promotion but not a Conmotion…That would be demotion instead. You can have Protection, but not Contection, Propagation but not Conpagation, Proliferate but not Conliferate. Of course, to be fair, Proliferate has a different basis…proles meaning offspring. But you can see my dilemma. Of course there’s the old joke: The opposite of Progress is… Congress! It wouldn’t be funny if it wasn’t true…
So for me to Progress, something else has to give. That isn’t the case when you’re trying to reduce your weight. Because face it, if you lose weight, you’re always looking for it afterwards and usually you find it. All of you out there that are trying to get back to a normal weight, ok, a lower weight, ok, a really lower weight (2 pounds doesn’t count), and maintain that new weight, you and I have to CONCEDE something. In fact we have to concede a lot. We have to give up couch time for movement time. We have to give up eating for fun for eating for sustenance. If you’re only expending 1200 calories a day, you can’t consume 2000. You cannot eat food you’re addicted to, such as bacon with everything.
I’m so disappointed I never tried bacon shakes…Ok, no, I’m not. You have to give up something you have for something better…even if you love the thing you’re giving up.
Is what you’re getting better than what you have? Will you feel better? Will you be able to shop in the sections that don’t include tents when looking for clothes? Will you be able to go up and down stairs, run after kids and grand-kids, bend over to pick up dropped objects, get into and out of chairs and couches and vehicles? Does that have any significance to you? Do these things mean more to you than the couch time and the addictive food you crave? That’s the big question. Put another way, I cannot progress unless I move BACKWARDS. This is the hardest part of any self improvement program. (Hmm do Programs have Congrams?)
In order to improve yourself, you have to be more aware of what you do that keeps you from improving. Is it your language, your stance, your abilities, your skills…? What do you have to give up to go up? If going up means more to you than staying where you are, you will be willing to give up to get there. If you are more comfortable doing the things you do now or being the person you are now, and going up means giving up something you love for something you like, Don’t do it! You will be unsuccessful.