While I was in Chico, California I got to meet Robb Wolf. Robb wrote the book The Paleo Solution. This book was the first Paleo book I read and along with his podcast has had a big impact on my journey to health.
This post and a few to follow are inspired by Shawn Achor and his TED presentation on the Happy secret to better work.
I am grateful for weekend getaways. When I was growing up my family did not go on many vacations. Sure, we made a few trips to Six Flags but usually we ended up going to visit family in Illinois. Now, that is not a bad thing, I enjoyed visiting family but I really enjoy visiting destination spots like Hawaii. As my wife and I work hard to pay off our debt I have been putting aside money every paycheck for vacation. This weekend we are able to enjoy the benefits of good budgeting as we have made a drive out to Branson, Missouri for a chance to getaway and enjoy Silver Dollar City, just the two of us.
I am grateful for mercy. I am enrolled in online college classes so that I can complete my Bachelors degree. I just started with the class Data Analysis and I had heard this class was extremely hard and very time consuming. I had heard this from previous students and from a teacher in another class. This had me completely stressed out as I was already feeling the pressure of juggling a job, family, trying to stay healthy, and school. I got some good news the other day when the teacher emailed all the students letting us know that the school’s governing body had some meetings and determine that the workload was too much for this class. The workload has been cut nearly in half. Wow! Thank God for mercy.
I am grateful for a good cry. Yes, I said it, a good cry. I am a man and I had a good cry. As I mentioned above I had been feeling the pressure and was feeling very stressed out. I had been in California for some training and was enjoying some of the solitude of being on the road by myself. When it came time to come back home I was happy to be back and happy to see my wife but as I got closer to home all the pressures of my life started weighing down on me again. Then the next day I realized that I had left my iPad on the airplane. Yes, I LEFT MY IPAD ON THE PLANE! I was so mad. I could not believe it. I am so anal about my electronic toys. When I got home I told my wife as we sat down for dinner. Yes, the iPad is a thing and my life was not over but it was a stress on top of my other stress. As I sat staring at the wonderful salmon cakes my wife had lovingly prepared I begin to feel hopeless. I covered my face with my hands and began to cry, at first it was just tears rolling down my cheek. Then I began to weep. My wife put her hand on my arm and said, “It is just an iPad, we can get another one”. I sort of chuckled as began to wipe my eyes. “I know it is just an iPad, I am not crying about the iPad”, I replied. And I wasn’t crying about losing the iPad, I was crying because I could not keep all that stress bottled up. My wife and I talked for awhile and I shared with her my stresses. She was amazing as she helped me work through my feelings. Afterwards I felt pretty good. I was thankful that I was able to release some of my feelings instead of keeping them bottled inside.
I ran 5 miles on Tuesday and then the WOD (Workout of the Day) at our Crossfit gym was running. We ran 1600 meters, rested for 3 minutes, ran 1200 meters, rested for 2 minutes, 800 meters, rested for 1 minutes, then ran 400 meters. I did not sprint but I definitely ran faster than my normal pace. It was a great workout for me. Then today I ran 9 miles this morning. I have not been able to do every run on my marathon training schedule but I hope I am doing enough running to prepare my legs for November 18th.
Finding time to meditate is still a struggle. I have been trying to meditate at different times of the day. I will try to meditate in my office right before I start homework. I try to just slow down my thinking and concentrate only on my breathing. It is weird to think that I can’t find time to slow down and meditate but I am going to keep on working on it.
The random acts of kindness is where I am really failing. I keep forgetting to purposefully do something for someone. I mean it is not like I am a mean person, in fact I think of myself as I nice person. I just really want to purposefully do something for someone. I wonder if I can do something while I am here in Branson.