The Weekly Word: November 27th, 2022
I forgot I was a parent for a second this past week. As I was sorting out my work schedule, I realized I may have to work on Black Friday. This is nothing out of the ordinary for those that work in gyms but this year we planned on heading to Long Island to spend time with family. This side of that family is quite large and prior to being a parent, we would sometimes make a day trip to the Island if we had to get back home to tend to the animals or work. So this year I thought, we've done it before, lets do it again. I soon learned this would not be a great idea!
Our daughter loves her cousins. She has a bunch of them that she doesn't get to see often so this holiday is one of those rare moments during the year that she can see all five of her college aged cousins, and two others who she absolutely adores that are 6 and 8 years old. As I watched her joy spending time with them, I decided I would be doing her an injustice to rob her of those moments and memories that leaving would create. So we stayed an additional night and Friday was packed with activities and fun. She got to hang with her grandparents, play with her cousins, do crafts with them, go out to eat, go bowling, and all around just have a great time. She was so happy!
Lesson learned on my end. Don't schedule appointments on Friday (unless you want to break your daughters heart)... or at least get someone to cover the gym while you are away. And to those I cancelled on, thank you for understanding! I hope you all had some time off and had some good moments among the stressors commonly associated with holidays. Speaking of stress...
Fitness Tip of the Week
Holidays can be a very stressful time. It is during these moments that we often forget about ourselves. We put others ahead of our own well-being and the result is usually never pretty. So this year, here is what I am proposing for us all: 30 Days of Fitmas to get in great shape before Santa comes down the chimney!
What we are going to do here is not wait for the New Year to make some sort of resolution that, statistically speaking, doesn't usually pan out. We are going to detach from our current situation and take inventory. Take a look at your health as if you are a doctor meeting with a patient. Don't judge yourself, just state the facts. If you are struggling with how to take control of your health, here are a few things I propose that you can start today that won't be a total overhaul to your schedule:
Last week I sat down and read what appeared to be a letter written from Albert Einstein to his daughter. In it, he discussed a universal force that could change the world for the better. He told his daughter that this force is inside all of us. This force that he wrote of was love.
I thought the letter was beautiful and wanted to share it. I read the entire thing for a podcast and prior to posting the video, I decided to double check the accuracy of it to see if, indeed, Einstein wrote it. As it turns out, it was a complete fabrication! I was duped by the internet. Who would have thought that you had to fact check what you read on the internet? (sarcasm)
That being said, there were still some great lessons in it so I decided to share some of the takeaways from the letter Fake Einstein wrote to someone. The big one for me was to not put activity or work ahead of your loved ones. Don't wait until it is too late to spend time with them, to them that you love them, and support them. For more on the topic, check out episode 166 of my podcast: I've Been Duped!
We Went to the Movies!
Last weekend Marisa and I went to go watch a lighthearted movie but ended up having a change of plans at the last minute. We watched the trailer for She Said and decided this would be our movie for the day. This movie is about the creep Harvey Weinstein and his decades long reign of terror as a sexual predator in the movie industry. It tells the tale of two investigative reporters who set out on a journey to highlight the dark side of Hollywood in the hopes of shattering decades of silence around sexual assault, harassment and the power struggles that occur in the workplace. This reporting led to the Me Too movement which changed the landscape for women in not only that industry but in all walks of life.
This power dynamic is concerning. A lot of these women who were victims felt that they had no voice. When they spoke out, either nobody cared or nobody cared to listen. This behavior went on for decades and it was as if their experiences didn't matter. Their lives were greatly effected by one decision to work for an evil man who used his position to manipulate.
Quote of the Week
“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.” -- Steven Pressfield
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