Monday, July 21, 2014
There is a line in a song that goes something like "And every time you fall it's only making your chin strong." I should be able to lift a building with mine.
I quit drinking soda, mostly Diet Cokes roughly two months ago. In that time I have gained 16 pounds, which meant I went from being really obese to being really, really obese. I replaced one poison with another. I know it's my choice but as the scale inched upwards I became more full of despair. It was one of those "Sigh, what's the use?"
I dont need consolation, love or motivation. I know that sounds awfully callous. what I need to do is get of my dead kieister and start doing the stuff that caused me to be successful in the past. In short I need to get over it.
I've had a lot of stress in my life the past year or so I know I haven't handled it well. Being a guy I'm not always one to share a lot of things and on a positive note I have a really, really amazing wife and 6 kids and two of the dearest grand kids and yes, I am grateful but instead of letting a lot of fears and worries out into the open I bottle them up and eat when they get too much to bear.
I often use my back pain as an excuse to sit somewhere, anywhere and feel sorry for myself.
So I know whats wrong. I just have to readjust and create some strategies to get things back on track. It's not just one thing. It's a host of issues that I've let get out of control.
A priest friend of ours told me a long time ago. "God creates from nothing and until we are nothing, God can not create."
If you came looking to be inspired I apologize. It seems it's in short supply today. For the immediate future i'm going to use my blogs as a journal of sorts to share my thoughts, feeling and failures.
Thanks for reading
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
"Walking on water is at times used as an example of an impossible task. The phrase is widely used to refer to the performance of extraordinary tasks, as in the titles of books that aim to show individuals how to break through their personal limitations and achieve dramatic success." Claire Sumerhill
That is as good of a definition as I've found anywhere to describe it. It's my web address, and people ask me why that title? (No this isn't an attempt to sell you anything so those of you who just live to turning people in to the Spark authorities for violating TOS, you may stand down. Thank you.) Simply put, I believe that if we believe in ourselves and our abilities there is no limit to what we can accomplish.
Some people think it's a bit sacrilegious because, lets face it, the most famous walker upon the waters was Jesus himself. "Who be you John, to put yourself in the same class as Jesus?" (That's another blog for another time, lol) I don't, really. I prefer to identify with the apostle Peter.
See, Peter and the apostles are in a boat and Peter peers into the distance and sees Jesus walking across the waves towards the boat. Now, Peter being Peter, which is why I identify with him so well, shoves to the front of the boat and tells Jesus he wants to walk on water also. Jesus tells him to come on down and Peter leaves the boat and viola, he is walking on water. I imagine he is looking at Jesus, a huge grin on his face, he might have done a little two step, but then oh-oh, Peter stops looking at Jesus and realizes its windy, stormy and the waves are getting huger and "Holy cow I'm walking on water. I cant do that."
Peter begins to sink and implores Jesus to rescue him, which he does. (I've always imagined Jesus with a bit of a wry smile as he lifts Peter out of the water and the rest of the apostles trying to contain their laughter.)
I think about this story every day. I believe that when I set my mind to use my God given talents and abilities there is nothing I cant accomplish. So each day I set my sights on a stream, a river or an ocean to walk across. It's part of bringing a wonderful message to so many wonderful people who mirror the face of Christ and not the storms gathering around them.
Now ya know.
Monday, July 14, 2014
The gym I belong to has exercise based competition's and they award prizes based on achievement. This year we are doing the The Summer Olympics. Gold level is 300 minutes a week, Silver is 200 minutes a week and Bronze 100 minutes a week. The more you work out the nicer prize you are eligible for and other than having to check in with your membership card the tracking is on the honor system.
The problem I have with the whole thing is that every time we have a competition a gym employee wins the over all grand prize. They have a marked advantage over a regular member because they can work out at will. I kid you not, in this winters competition the membership director had a meeting while walking around the track for 30 minutes. She was so proud of herself for thinking of the idea.
So, earlier today I filled out one of them-there customer suggestion cards. I said I didn't think it was fair for the gym employees or their families to be eligible for the ultimate prize a 2 year free membership valued at roughly $2,400. If you want to do a special competition for employees only I'm cool with that, but they have an unfair advantage over the rest of us.
A few hours later, my phone rings and on the other end is the director of my gym and she starts by telling me she is offended by my comments. A bit O-History here: The gym I belong to is affiliated with the hospital. Seems the director is offended because as she durn near screamed at me SHE IS A MEMBER TOO! She has to pay monthly dues just like I do.
She is correct, she pays roughly $300 annually, while I pay $1,200. (My son works for the hospital and he's told me what employees pay.) I remind her of this and suggest she already has an advantage by being an employee.
I went on to tell her that from where I sit, that if you want to have these competitions shouldn't they be created to encourage the membership to be healthy and work towards goals. It's a bit defeating for some folks to work really hard and then realize the winner is always someone works there.
I guess my communication skills must have taken a hiatus this afternoon because the director kept telling me she was a member too with the same rights I had.
This is where bad John appeared.
"Okay, then why don't you just throw all the members out, lock the doors and you can all go in the fitness room, put your arms around each other and sing We Are the World . Will that make you happy?"
She mumbled something, hung up and as I looked up from my desk I saw Joan looming (Yes she was looming!!!) in the doorway.
"What have you done............ now?" (Why is it always "Now.?")
I told her and she gave me one of those "What am I going to do with you?" looks.
So bad John went away and then I got a kiss on the forehead.
That was nice but I still think the gym people are being unfair
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