Thursday, April 17, 2014
Looking for a change of work environment? I'm not sure this is it!
I'll comment on this tomorrow.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Of course, you realized, going in, that this post was going to be about perspective, didn't you?
Who and what am I addressing? With great specificity, and, simultaneously, all of us, each of us, and none of us.
For our entire lives, my brother and I have aspired to be freaks. Not just your run of the mill, social outcasts, mind you, but your renowned, professional athlete-type freaks – most notably – NBA basketball players. NBA players are freaks, in case you didn't know.
Now, many of you will say, 'Yes I know, they're freakishly tall!' But, there are many other dimensions of freakishness – even within the limited confines of the NBA. For example, you'd be hard pressed to find a “point guard” (the position primarily responsible for distributing the ball to the other players, so they can score) who doesn't have huge hands regardless of height. And, you may have also noticed, that almost all NBA players are very muscular. But the physical freakishness doesn't end, even there. Many are freakishly quick, or freakishly fast, or can jump freakishly high, ETCETERA. Beyond these more obvious “physical dimensions”, there are the less tangible. Many have freakish “vision” -- the ability to simulate in their heads, where players are going to be, on the court, and in the air, seconds from the current time, and consequently optimize their own positions, actions, moves, scoring, passes, blocks, defense, and rebounding. Of all of the freaks that have ever played in the NBA, Larry Bird, was IMHO, the greatest WRT “vision”!
But, it wasn't in the cards for either my brother or I when it came to basketball. And, while my brother had more success than I, he too, was very limited by his anti-freakishness. He was too short, had bad “wheels” (legs), that were too stubby, and too heavy for the requirements of sustained running, and quick cuts. And, most of all, he had small hands, with short fingers. While I was taller and faster, and with bigger hands, I wasn't nearly as coordinated, so, net, he was the better athlete and basketball player.
Basketball player aren't the only athletic freaks.
Earlier today, I was watching the Boston Marathon on TV, and was especially impressed with what freaks the female runners were. Most were slim (narrow!), taut (of musculature), and ran with an easy, precise running motion. Most of all, each had a very high (normatively) length to width ratio of their skeletal system (bones), across both the shoulders, and hips. And, more than that, if we were to check out their physiological measures, even before, they became athletes, I'm sure we would find greater performance of their lungs, heart and circulatory systems.
“Okay, Okay!” I hear you say, “How does that help me achieve my goals in nutrition, fitness, and wellness?!”
Simple! You have to figure out where your freakish capabilities are WRT YOUR improvement. You have to find, hone, and use your specific freakskills to define and execute your specific freakprogram -- start it, get on it, maintain it, adapt it, and live long and prosper.
Be a freak!
As Monk always says, “You can thank me later!”
freakishLee, speaking, that is
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
"If I lost ______ pounds, I could _______!"
Well, what are your parameters?
Monday, April 14, 2014
So, You Want to Change?
I, too, woke up one morning and decided I wanted to change. And, the first thing I did was take two months to think about IT; really hard! Consider this the planning phase.
I spent the time assessing how much of my behavior, I needed to change, how much time and attention, it was going to take to change that behavior, and what tools and techniques I might use to change them. I also experimented (with malice of forethought) on eating and not eating various things. I then committed to myself, that I would embark on a process to change, and more than that, a process to discover/invent a process that would change me. And I have. But, even still, constant attention is required to maintain and improve.
Good luck with your voyage. The sun's out; the wind strong and behind you, and your course, true ...
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Two days in a row with an idea? Are you mental or something?
This is my quota for the year.
If you write your blog or comment about local weather or events, give us a clue where it occurs. Even if I read your blogs regularly, I read a lot of blogs. Moreover, at 67 "senior moments" are ever more frequent. And, I should mention, I've been having senior moments, for, at least, the last 57 years!
One more idea: Because the formatting in blogs and comments is so primitive at SP, denote paragraphs by two returns -- not just one. Again, it will help us senile old folk.
I may never have another idea. Alas.
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