Breaking down is hard on a body

Church For The Boulevard rest stop
Church For The Boulevard rest stop

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.

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  1. Well, I must say I like the analogy of the frog in the kettle, even if it leaves one with a distinctly icky feeling, as it relates to fitness. I have never been all that happy that my sub-culture (former sub-culture?) has hijacked it for purely religious purposes, it is a very powerful image.

    I would like to say that it is limited to my fitness but I am realizing that there are a number of things that have just warmed up on me that I would never have chosen and now I’m looking at betting really hot and I don’t like it one bit.

    It is all too easy to try and convince the people around us, and ourselves too of course, that where we are was inevitable or predestined or inescapable but that is so very seldom true. I am where I am because I made many, many small (or at least seemingly small) compromises that “can’t hurt, can they?” Well one probably won’t and maybe ten won’t but it is pretty likely that a thousand will. Sloth (speaking for me and me only now and forever) and such don’t just appear one day out of the blue, they grow from little decisions that I think are non-decisions until suddenly . . . well, there it is sloth, no longer an interesting medieval notion but now a characteristic and a character flaw [heavy sigh]. And now if it is going to be dealt with I’m looking at a thousand decisions just to get back to where I was [heavier sigh].

    I suppose it all begins with a clear sense/picture of where I am now and a clear sense/picture of where I want to go. Too bad I’m going to have to do both of them. Well, no one said it would be easy, just worth it.


  2. Yes, I guess this is that awkward stage of life where the ‘humorous’ statement “If I’d known I was going to last this long I’d have taken better care of myself” moves from clever to calamitous. That being said, I’m convinced that the redemption has something for me here as well. So, I’m going to hold onto that as I clarify where I am and where I’m off to.

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