Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Journey

Monday, August 25, 2008

One of my favorite vacation spots is a little island in the Caribbean. If you don't scuba dive, it's not much of a place, just a desert island with wild donkeys and lots of cactus. Underwater, though, it's glorious. This little place functions entirely on "island time." No one gets in a hurry, and they don't expect you to. Getting a sandwich at Subway is a 45 minute task if you're the only one in line. Dinner? 2-3 hours. Americans can have a frustrating time there if they don't learn to loosen up and enjoy the being. Each time I go down, it takes me less and less time to get to that point, but it always takes a few days. I have this tendency to want to go right then and have fun, get that one accomplished and go, go, go to the next one. The idea of just being happy where I am is painfully difficult for me.
As is applying lessons to multiple scenarios, apparently, because when I was learning how to sail, I spent the first 3 or 4 days wishing the damn boat would go faster. I found myself thinking, "MAN, we're NEVER gonna get there at this rate!" Some time on the 4th or 5th day, it clicked. (I guess all the Jimmy Buffett music hadn't sunk in as well as I thought it had.) Where we were going wasn't important. It was just another calm spot with a helluva view. What was important was how we got there. So I sat back and began to appreciate the swoosh of the boat and the wind in my ears, and I understood.
But still the lesson hasn't gotten through, I guess. Someone I admire and respect a great deal gave me some advice today about a goal I have. "I'd like to see you spend more time enjoying the journey," he said. If my husband has said something like this once, he has said it a thousand times. As a matter of fact, I have this tendency to say a similar thing to those around me. Yet, here I stand in the pulpit preparing to ignore my own sermon. Enjoying the journey is easy enough on the "Sundays" of vacations, but now I have to truly apply this to the more everyday tasks of my life. I learned a long time ago not to take a person or a day for granted, now I just have to expand that to include each of the small things those days include.

WORKOUT: Workout 1

6 rounds of 30 sec each of
Double 12kg Squat
Double 12kg C&P

3 sets of 12kg Snatch ladders 10/10, 15/15, 20/20 No rest until after the last 20.
3 minutes rest between sets.


  1. I really like this post. Life is a journey and it is full of lots of kinds of pace. Nice workout too. I am resting today and rested yesterday too. Doing a Max Snatch test tomorrow!

  2. 155lbs huh? only 3 away from weighing as much as little old me... u're getting tiny. i want you to look that in the face, admit its true, and be happy about it for at least 5 min straight.

    then you can go back to feeling like its not enough. BUT i want 5 quality minutes.

  3. Thanks,Sandy!

    Anthony, It scares me how well you know me sometimes--even having not met me in person. YET. You got your five minutes.

    David, That makes me very happy.