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Facing life with a steady gaze

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Ever had a day where nothing went as planned? (If you answered no to this, you may be on the wrong website)

Well my last 2 days have been a whirlwind. Aside from the usual crises of the day, my boss called me up 4 times today (He's in Las Vegas, I'm in Florida....he's a great boss, but still, 4 calls?!?!) Anyway, looks like I'll be flying out to Vegas on Monday for a bunch of meetings I need to cover.....never a bad reason to go to Vegas though!

Yesterday, I didn't even get around to tackling my To-Do list till after 3:00 PM. The good news is that by 6:30 PM, I was on a spin bike working out all the days' frustrations. It was particularly rewarding to raz the 30-something instructor as he slow-pedaled and took a breather while he "checked his music"......Really dude, you don't slow down or take a break unless you let EVERYBODY slow down and take a break....sheeesh!

Today was much the same, especially with the last minute schedule changes for next week. I did manage to get in an incredible ST session where my Stasi-trained trainer and I set some fairly impressive personal records. I'm now squatting more than 50 lbs over my body weight and deadlifting 100 lbs over.....2 years ago I could barely do half my body weight on either of these!

The other thing I tackled tonight was a co-worker in the hospital. Tough situation. A real young kid with some pretty serious personal issues wound up in a psychiatric ward. I visited him and spent about 2 hours talking with him about life, handling stress, expectations, dealing with the future.....all the counsel and experience a 50-something dude like me would like to pass on to a troubled kid in his early 20s. He's got a lot going on and can't see any further out than what might happen to him tomorrow and fears of the immense future beyond.

So when I look at all of the minor annoyances that plague me and the angst of being 7 lbs above my goal weight (Oh my, how terrible!!), I realize that I've really got it plenty good and that my "stuff" and the importance I give it isn't much compared to what could be.

Here's to facing life with a steady gaze!

Have a great night Spark friends!
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    Terrific post. You're an awesome guy. I hoped your visit helped your friend.

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    1915 days ago
    Cheers to facing life with a steady gaze!

    Blessings on you for doing all you do and touching all those lives!!

    1921 days ago
    I love your comment about being on the wrong website! LOL! I like Rebecca's idea that you need to become a spin instructor - you would rock it!

    Good for you for visiting your young friend. I really hope he can get something out of your discussion. It's always good to share your experience and reach out - I'm sure he'll remember it for a long time.
    1922 days ago
    You are unstoppable! Yes, you do need to become a spin instructor -- but probably for the Marines.

    Thanks for visiting your young friend. I can imagine in a situation like that, every hand that reaches out to help you can strengthen the lifeline. While other co-workers probably shied away from this kid, you went to talk to him. That's important. You're a good guy.
    1922 days ago
    Good on you for being there for your young co-worker!
    1922 days ago
  • MILLIE5522
    Thanks for the reminder that there are some advantages to being 50+. Its a shame that when we are in our twenties that we don't have that perspective. I would have had a good pep talk to my twenty year old self and told her to not to worry so much and that bad times are never as bad or last as long as you imagine.
    1922 days ago
    Wow 100pound over your weight!!! That is impressive. The incident with the spin instructor shows you should a class now and then... so he has some breaks.
    Great that you found time for a younger colleague. I would not like to be 20 again. Happy I reached those much serener 40s!
    Have a great weekend and I would love to come to Vegas with you.
    1922 days ago
  • BILL60
    Life is good. We just need a reminder once in a while.
    1923 days ago
    Just say 'YES!' to a steady gaze! And may we all eventually be 7lbs away from our goal weights. (cheers!) emoticon
    1923 days ago
    emoticon on the physical accomplishments but way to go above and beyond to spend time with that co-worker. emoticon
    1923 days ago
    Steady gaze it is, GETSTRONGRRR! Good on ya for making time to mentor the Young 'Un. Even if he doesn't buy into everything you offer him today, there will be a day in the future when it clicks for him. Amazing weight-lifting you've got going on there! With that kind of ST achievements, are you sure you've set a realistic goal weight? Maybe your body is telling you it needs to be heavier to do the work you're giving it . . .
    1923 days ago
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