I’m just back from a couple of weeks of vacation. Had a wonderful time, visited interesting places, spent it with Lorraine in LA, CA and Jacksonville, FL. Really how much downside could there be from swanning around in locales that were between 40 and 60 Celsius degrees warmer than home. Well, nothing if I’d remember that I’m basically a slightly overweight, definitely out of shape, and distinctly sedentary person. Sadly I did not remember that. So when we arrived in LA our hotel was about 2 miles from the conference hotel. No biggy, we can easily walk that far. The weather was wonderful, the sights were interesting.
Yeah, all that’s true. However, in the walking I managed to strain something in my right knee. I mean I’m walking and I pull/stretch/strain/do-something-bad to my knee. How is that even possible? It’s unfortunately not only possible, but ongoing. For a while on the trip I really couldn’t crouch down at all. It was either stand up or sit on the ground. There was no middle stage to be had.
So what’s your point? I can hear you asking.
My point is simple. We, I, am a frog in the kettle. The temperature of the water of inactivity has been slowly raised until I’m now distressingly dependent on motorized transportation. Which if you would have asked me that 3 weeks ago I’d have told you that I’m doing good, keeping it real, blah, blah, blah. Now I realize that I’m neither doing well or good.
Pastor Eldon this morning was quoting from a book about developing creativity. In it he said that you must develop a clear picture of where you want to get to. That made perfect sense. But then he said, you have to have a clear, realistic, picture of where you are now. It’s the tension between those two that releases the energy for creativity to thrive.
I am realizing that my picture of where I am now is just a bit on the fairy tale end of the spectrum. Time for some readjustment of what I have and where I want to take it.