What I've Been Thinking About...
My daughter served me a lesson in unintended consequences this week. For those of you who have been to the gym, you most likely know that my daughter is a huge part of it. When I am working out there, she is usually by my side, especially when kids are training. It has a been a positive experience for all of us but then, last weekend, she looked at me and said, "You suck" and then kind of giggled about it and went on to do something else. We tried to get to the bottom of where that language came from and then it clicked: THE GYM!
One thing I didn't think about or consider is all the things she is picking up hanging around older kids. As the saying goes, more is caught than taught. These youngsters imitate and mimic certain things or behaviors as they try to sort out the world. In this example, Emi had no idea the context or meaning of these words. She mimicked what she saw someone do previously and then applied it to her life. After talking to her about those words, lets hope this was a once and done thing!
Fitness Tip of the Week
Next week, we have a warm getaway planned as we plan to visit friends in San Diego. We will be gone for almost a week and these vacations often lead to questions on whether or not you should exercise or just enjoy the time away. I will share my approach leading up to this trip.
Since mid-January, my plan was to push hard, heavy and often leading up to our vacation. I almost wanted to get burned out a little so that when we went away, I can forget about it all and enjoy the break. The scientific term for this concept is overcompensation. Push a little further than you normally would then hit the brakes and let the body recover. To some, this idea may be counter intuitive but you will be rewarded down the road. After pushing hard, the mind and body need a break from the rigors of training. So my training advice is this: Follow a tough program leading up to a layoff. Push hard, get sick of the program, and then take off. Eat, walk, play and be merry while on vacation then come home and get back after it!
INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
No matter where you turn it seems most people are lacking time. They rush from here to there and at the end of the day feel unfulfilled as it seems nothing meaningful was done. The next day, it starts all over again. It is like the old movie Groundhogs Day. Same thing, day after day, week after week, month after month.
As I tried to work on this virtue, I took an honest assessment of where I spend my time.
I asked myself, "can you cut 15 minutes here, limit television watching, or stack two habits together (ie walking and taking calls on the phone)?" If you can find a few pockets of time each day, 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there, you may be able to free up 30-60 minutes to work on whatever your heart desires. One disclaimer: Remember Franklin's words, "cut off all unnecessary actions". Spending time with those you care about is not an unnecessary action. Don't let this focus on industry effect your personal life and the relationships that are in it.
What I've Been Reading...
Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun by Erik Larson
Prior to reading this book, I would say I am a fan of this authors writing. I have read four of his eight previously published works and they are all pretty good. (If you care to know which is my favorite, check out Devil in the White CIty!) There is a style in most of his books as he tells two stories side by side. One chapter is story A, the next chapter is story B, and in the end, the two stories get intertwined in a very unique way. In this specific book, he discusses the process of buying guns and becoming a gun dealer. He also tells the story of a troubled youth who brought a gun to school that was once dubbed "the gun that made the eighties roar." In the end, you end up feeling for the kid who obviously needed help and wonder at the ease this kid was able to get a gun and brandish it in school.
Quote of the Week
"What people believe to be true is often as important as reality" -- W. Eugene Hollon
I hope you all have an awesome week!