My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus-
This past Thursday I walked into a local novelty store in the Omaha Old Market. “Good afternoon – How are you?” A kind worker asked me, a little too enthusiastic for the morning I was having. Life has been dreadful so far this Summer, and facing some stressful moments at the time … I did not shy away pretending all was fine.
I muttered, “I’m OK.” She replied back while stocking gift cards in a display, “Just OK? Not awesome? It’s a beautiful day outside! Cheer up dude, you should be thankful for what you have?”
There was no smile on my face this particular day. Although I still had gratitude and joy in my heart. Sometimes, expressing kindness and giving thanks does not require a peppy cheerleading routine.
The message I am sharing today is a touch different from the norm around these parts. Simply put – There are times when we are experiencing difficult moments in our lives, and its hard to be – Awesome. Sometimes, openly telling others to “cheer up” and “be thankful for what you have” is a strategy for avoiding what they may be going through in the moment, the pain, the hurting and struggle.
It’s really easy to tell someone to cheer up. Rather than taking a moment to listen to what is going on in their lives…
All of us will face difficult moments in our lives, piss poor marathon this past weekend, stress at work and whatever else. Grief is a part of life and no matter how hard we try – we will never outrun it. We don’t have to have everything going right in order to be thankful, to express ever lasting kindness, in any situation.
Illustrious the motion in all beings, even the tiniest insect-
Continued from yesterdays little chat …
How many of us have let the moment pass? Failed in the moment to address a problem or correct a mistake on the spot? Maybe some d-bag cut ahead of you at the market. What about that time we overheard a nasty comment to another? Better yet, in the gym we keep telling ourselves to focus on proper form and movements although we never do.
To be fully present, we need not dwell on or waste time with our worries festering in our minds, our minds stuck in inaction … Could have, Should have, Would have peeps?!?
No one knows what will happen next,
Such portents fill the days and nights;
Years prophetical! The space ahead as I
walk, as I vainly try to pierce it, is
full of phantoms, Unborn deeds, things
soon to be, project their shapes around
me, This incredible rush and heat, this
strange ecstatic fever of dreams …The unperform’d, more gigantic than ever,
advance, advance upon me.
Hill Sprints, Yeah Hill Sprints!
Set 15-20 minutes aside to thoroughly Warm Up. Happy Hips and maybe, just maybe our Workout from yesterday.
Not For Time:
25-30 Hill Sprints (90-95% Max Effort)
1-5 Warm Up, 6-10 Snappy – Dynamic (Listen to your body here), 11-15 Push, 16-20 Break through your comfort zone, 20-30 Snappy – Dynamic ( Run ’em out)
A tad deep today, for a reason … Who strips away the layers and finds the true meaning? ENJOY!!!