No, not another post on Bilateral versus Unilateral training. No arguments for or against "The Death of the Squat" or whether Bench Pressing is worth while. I talk about that stuff all the time.
I was leaving UCSB last Wednesday afternoon after I'd finished teaching my classes and completed my training session. I was hustling (speed walking with my short little legs) out the front door as I always do as I'm feeling late with a long list of administrative tasks on my plate. I was halted at the cross walk in front of the Recreation Center with a red light.
At that moment, I began to think and reflect for the 30 seconds (or whatever it is) that I had before the light changed.
I'm an introvert...I'm very introspective. I think...a lot.
So, when I have a moment to think, I often have what seems thousands of thoughts running through my head simultaneously. That particular day (and frankly for the past several weeks) I was hit pretty quickly and pretty hard with a flurry of thoughts:
- I have too much to get done. I'm feeling anxious about it all.
- I'm exhausted. I need more rest.
- How can I balance my time with people and in solitude better?
- How can I improve my business? Am I doing enough?
- I need to write an article.
- I need to hurry to Prevail to get some food.
- Do we have enough players for our rec. league soccer team this Friday night?
- I'm feeling sad and a bit depressed. I hate feeling this way. I have been for a long time. When is this going to end?
- My lower back/SI joints have been out for a couple weeks, I've got to spend more time getting them back in.
...and the list goes on.
-- My thoughts tend to be very self-serving and self-centered --
I wonder if you have a similar problem. It's not something I relish...it's just part of the ugliness of me.
As these thoughts of self-pity are floating around in head, an individual came up beside me. Something different about this person's gait I noticed, though. I looked over out of the corner of my eye. This person had but one leg and was using crutches to get around. Coming from the Rec. Center I can only imagine that this person had just finished a workout.
Reality quickly snapped back into focus. Lots to be thankful for. Then my focus shifted to all the other people in my life that are walking through extremely difficult things:
- Uprooting their family and starting over in a new place.
- A good friend's wife battling with her second bout of cancer.
- A woman my church battling with her 5th bout of cancer.
- Dear friends of mine going through tough times in marriage.
- So many students of mine who've lost dear family/friends in death this year.
I have two legs. I get to exercise and play everyday. I can think, write, reflect, communicate. I have food...at every meal.
God is good...all the time.