Then — with a thunderous roar replied…


The Gods called your name
and the seas turned dark;
the earth quaked with power.

You looked up at Olympus
screaming at the gates;
“What will I become?”

The Gods fell silent, then-
with a thunderous roar replied;
“Who are you now?”

— Achilles

Credits: Poem via Mirroir.  Photograph: Lightning Storm in Corfu, Greece. Thank you Cristi. (With Greek Mythology, you need to bring a fantastic photo from Greece!)


Stuff the Wax In My Mouth (A modified Odysseus’ strategy)

Odysseus and the Sirens Attic red figure stamnos,Thebes, ca. 480-470 BC (detail)

Odysseus and the Sirens Attic red figure stamnos,Thebes, ca. 480-470 BC

In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus is warned about the dangers he will face at sea. One of these is the Sirens.  “The Sirens were magical sea creatures that looked like mermaids and had beautiful singing voices. The music they made was so hypnotic that sailors stopped sailing their ships, to listen – – with no one in charge, the ships crashed into land, killing everyone on board.  When Odysseus heard the beautiful music, he was suspicious immediately. To be extra safe, he stuffed his crewmen’s ears so they could not hear the music. He tied himself to the ship’s mast. That way, in case the gods decided to be helpful, he wanted to be able to hear them. But, since he was tied tightly, he would not be able to jump off the ship or swim to shore, or to do anything else that might endanger himself or his crew, when he heard the magical music. It worked! Odysseus is still the only man who ever heard the Sirens sing and lived to tell about it!”

Well, if I’m Odysseus, my Siren is Chocolate.  And instead of using it in my ears, I should have jammed the wax in my mouth.  For the first time in memory, I made it through the holidays being “flat” on the scale.  Zero weight gain.  Not one pound.  How?  Exercise daily.  Modest intake of junk food and candy and cookies despite it being available everywhere.  Then for some strange reason, the Sirens started calling on January 2nd.  CHOCOLATE.  One piece one day.  Leading to 3 larger pieces each day for 3 days.  Then I graduated to 2 candy bars a day.  My weight exploded.  What a WEAK man.  What a woeful shortage of willpower and discipline.

I didn’t need the NY Times or anyone else to tell me that I needed to cut the calories, remove the candy from the house and get this situation back under control.  Yet this article and its reference to “Willpower” and Odysseus (which jogged my memory of Greek Mythology in college) resonated with me.  I have the 7 tips from this article hanging next to my desk.  Enjoy some of my favorite excerpts… [Read more…]

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