Daily Prompt: Pains and Gains – I have plenty of pains, where are the gains?

Do you agree with Jane Fonda’s favorite exercise motto,“no pain, no gain?” Is it impossible to attain greatness without considerable hardship?

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It is late summer and you decide to weed the garden. Pull out the unwanted and keep the nice ones. I am sure Jane Fonda recognises the problem. To achieve a good result you have to bend and use energy. Unfortunately I never attended an aerobic exercise to show me how to do this properly. My experience in physical exercise is limited to a weekly Tai Chi course, which I am at the moment not able to attend due to severe hip pain: to continue. I begin to weed the garden knowing that this will be a rewarding job. I will gain a weed free garden. Unfortunately the dreaded stinging nettles had decided to move in and hide themselves between the unwanted weeds.

I continued, ignoring the stinging pain in my fingers knowing that without this I would not gain a weed free garden. I progressed through the garden and then I saw a strange shaped leaf, rather large and not something that I had planted. This was destroying my garden landscape. A few quick pulls and they would disappear. Unfortunately this green leaf had a root attached which seemed to be on the way to the middle of the earth. Eventually I had a hand full of green leaves, leaving behind stalks. I also managed to fall in the process, losing my balance. After a quick glance to see if anyone saw me land on my sensitive part, I stood again and noticed that my back did not want to stand with me. I was reminded of this fall for some time, combining a visit to the doctor, collecting tablets for treatment for lumbago. Eventually I could move again, even arise from a seat with no pain, after a few months. Did I complain, did I utter painful sounds? No of course not, I had a good example. Jane Fonda said “no pain, no gain”. Her words were a shining example of how to cope with such problems.

Of course talking of achieving greatness, this is obvious. Day for day, hours for hours, I battle with daily prompts, churning through ideas of how to do it better. Searching for inspiration in great works of literature and scanning through my German-English online dictionary as I am a multitasker. My brain often thinks German, but my actions say “do it in English”. I reread my words of wisdom, checking for mistakes, for “how-to-say-it-better” inspiration. Eventually, the sweat pouring from my brow, I press the magic keyboard configuration meaning “upload” and it is done. My daily prompt is alive. “Oh no” I grunt, there is a full stop missing and I have misspelt a word words. I press the little edit sign and re-write half of what is written, spurred on by the words “no pain, no gain”. I am sure Jane Fonda knows what I mean. She wrote two books and probably experienced much pain when re-reading everything to check that it was a perfect best seller. Do you think she had a ghost writer? No, definitely not, she plodded on with the motto “no pain, no gain”.

How often to I clean windows and my arm begins to hurt, but I carry on regardless knowing that without this burden to bear the windows would remain dirty. My mum called it elbow grease, I just call it elbow pain. It is a matter of interpretation. When I come to think of it, my mum very rarely cleaned windows, we had a window cleaner. The old houses in East London were not built with windows that you could clean. Armed with a ladder, bucket and cloth the window cleaner would climb to the windows on the first floor and do the necessary. I do not think he had a lot of pain, it was his daily work, but he had gain when mum paid him for the job.

Now my work is done. Fellow bloggers my efforts might pain you to read, but afterwards you have gained something, although I am not quite sure what. However, I am sure we will all be back tomorrow to continue our sufferings. Who knows, we might even gain a Pulitzer/Nobel prize for our efforts, or even the famous WordPress t-shirt, all is possible. Jane Fonda earned millions with her ideas and I am sure one day we will reap the benefits of our labour. And do not forget, WordPress does not sleep. Not only do we have a new grid system but also a new uploader. Luckily we are given the choice to still use the old uploader, should we not come to grips with the new one. I came to grips with the new one, decided I did not like it, so now switch to the older version. I really tried, but noticed I was experiencing too much pain to gain something from it, so gave up.

Daily Prompt: Pains and Gains – I have plenty of pains, where are the gains?

23 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Pains and Gains – I have plenty of pains, where are the gains?

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  2. An entertaining and enjoyable read. I can relate to your weeding issues. My gardens are currently crying out to be tidied up a bit.
    I would, but due to my vegies causing me to end up with a back injury in the past few weeks, I am still limited to what I can do and how long I can do it for.
    We have also had 3 weeks of rain which all the plants (and weeds) are enjoying very much.


    • We also had a lot of rain, most of the plants disappeared because the slugs got there first. Now I have the perfect garden. Only the plants that slugs do not absorb have survivied.


  3. I also mastered the new uploader, didn’t like it (too fussy) and went back to the old one (more straight-forward). I also want to congratulate you on writing a really painful blog. You’ve gained even more of my respect!


    • I had exactly the same experience with the uploader. I decided to persevere, otherwise I might get the reputation of being a miserable person and finding fault with everything that WordPress invents. I really tried honestly, but I prefer the old version. I had to search for my tags on the new one.

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      • I thought that the new one required more steps — the tag thing is really silly. And every time I attempted to paste the link to the daily post onto my response, some other thing appeared there — that was clearly a bug.


  4. Finally the shirt made an entry in yet another enjoyable post. I liked the window cleaning exercise description where I could relate myself effortlessly. I too clean them and give up soon for I don’t gain much as compare to the pain I take.


    • The shirt is always there, it is a haunting image. I clean windows every week so that I do not have to do it with too much energy. Unfortunately we have a window front and back with very little wall in between and I don’t do curtains (only in the bedroom because Mr. Swiss wants them). We have blinds.

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  5. As I was reading, I kept looking at my big picture window in the living room, the one with all those doggy nose smears. I should at least clean the inside, but the outside? We need the guy you had in London. No one in this house is standing on a tall ladder to clean the windows. We are quite broken enough without adding the opportunity to fall and break whatever still works. Great post.

    What new uploader? What am I missing?


    • I am still chuckling. That is the advantage of cats, they have small paws and on the lower levels where you do not see the smudges so much. I don’t do ladders either if I can avoid it. If Mr. Swiss stands on a tall ladder I have to stand next to him to catch him when he might fall, which means we would at least share a hospital room together. We leave it to No. 1 son. He is 1meter 85cms which makes him the tallest in the village.
      Don’t worry about the new uploader. If you have not yet found it be glad. You are missing a new experience, with the opportunity to revert to the old experience which I did and many others.


      • I know WordPress is busily trying to un-improve our blogging experience. Argh!

        My son is very tall too … but he blew out his back trying to push a car around. The car won. Now, no more latter and the windows just stay smudgy. I think of them as sunglasses for the house.


        • they are a protection from the ultra violet rays, be glad. My son is autistic and once he has it in his programme it stays. He just does things automatically and it seems to me with no great exertion.


  6. WordPress shirt makes an appearance atleast once in every post of yours 😀 . I wonder if one day they will finally send you a shirt in an attempt to stop it coming in your daily posts 😉 .


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  8. I am sorry to learn that even in Switzerland, the weeds are tenacious.I have not come to terms with the weeds in my garden. At the beginning of our too-short Sierra growing season, I was diligent about removing the weeds that sprang up among the tomatoes and squash. Then came the contractors to install our new sewer line. Our garden was partially demolished in the process. Since then, I’ve lost my motivation to do battle with the weeds. So I have waved the white flag and pretend to ignore them. Now, about the windows…sigh, I must face them today.


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