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Weekend Quote: Are You a Rocking Horse?

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This Weekend’s Quote was inspired by Heidi’s signature file. Heidi blogs at and she recently reached out to me via email.

At the end of her note was the quote…

Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
—Alfred A. Montapert

I have to be honest, I’ve been contemplating this for DAYS. Am I making progress towards my goals or and I just “rocking?”

You know.. I really don’t know! I think I need to contemplate this some more!

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    anne h.

    July 9, 2011

    Very thought provoking.


    July 9, 2011

    That’s a great quote. I think to many people think because they are making SOME effort they will see results.. instead of making A LOT of effort to move forward. Medium effort will get you maintenace results.


    July 9, 2011

    Hi. My first time cmming on your blog. I AM DEFINITELY ROCKING! What a powerful statement. I am also at goal (2 years at goal, having lost 75 pounds). However, I have struggled since and have been unable to get down to where I want to be, which is just another ten pounds. I go down a little and then go up a little.

    I am wondering this morning whether I just need to stop “rocking” and rocking and rocking, thinking I’m getting nowhere. Maybe I have arrived at my destination,


    July 9, 2011

    Loved your post so much! Just updated my blog with a new post, and talked about “the rocking horse”. Hope you get a chance to stop by and check it out. :)


    July 9, 2011

    Not to be a total flake.. but when you ride on a rocking horse- you know how it annoyingly finds a way to constantly scoot up and forward the more you rock? The only way for a rocking horse to stay in one spot is to not rock on it. Intentional and focused movement is very important, but sometimes we have to give ourselves props for JUST ROCKING! It’s like the old two-step dilemma with dancing, one step forward and two steps back. But ultimately you ARE moving forward and you’re getting to DANCE while you do it!

    Just sayin’. :)


    July 9, 2011

    Heidi here–originator of quote! To truly unravel an answer…as to whether one is rocking or moving…in my mind requires an individual to be clear about death and what it means to be alive. The truth is, and folks don’t like to think about it, anyone reading this will not be alive in a 100 years. So in one sense, all the effort we make will disappear, except for what remains in media or the memory of folks who continue to go on living. Knowing that everything dies is not morbid, it strengthens the meaning of every moment we have. It encourages us to truly enjoy today, our breath, and in my opinion, our relationships. For me, the only “moving” I ever accomplish is when I love.


    July 9, 2011

    Well the rocking horse doesn’t progress, he just moves in the same spot. You my friend are moving toward your goal. That’s the difference.


    July 9, 2011

    Georgia – I LOVE your take on the quote and I think that’s why I’m still pondering it. I can see both sides. Continuing to move is progress for some of us but I also think we know when we could push ourselves a bit more and this quote may help some see that as well.

    I love provocative quotes!


    July 9, 2011

    Good quote to think about!


    July 9, 2011

    Great analogy! I am totally “rocking” in a bad way. Making decent health choices but not progressing to my goals. I always feel like I am working but yet dont have great results….and this is why! Thanks for the thoughtful post!


    July 9, 2011

    Wow I had weight loss surgery 3 years ago. I never made it to goal weight however I think I would have looked terrible and felt horrible if I had. However this last year I could afford to lose five to ten pounds but have yet to do it. So I guess I’m rocking time to get the boards out from underneath my horses feet.


    July 11, 2011

    WOW! What a fantastic comparison…I don’t think I will ever forget that!