Daily Prompt: Foreign

Daily Prompt: Foreign

Saturday, March 24, 2018 – 03:23

Heavenly Father, Thank You for this day of life – so much better than not-life. Thank You for placing me in this Chapter in Your Story. Such amazing things You have enabled! Take this very technology, so much… well, faster-to-publishing than paper and pen, for one thing. (I do still prefer the old “hard copy” way – it’s so much more permanent and “hands-on,” and therefore, “real.” This post, fundamentally just electronic 1’s and 0’s, could vanish in an instant or an inopportune power surge.)

IMG_4205I have to say, digital journaling is not so foreign from cursive and capitals. I can change colors and underline just like on my notebook pages (I have a sizable collection of Pilot G-2’s). Important points can be bolded,

  • and I can
  • even make bulleted lists…

IMG_3353Perhaps best of all, my posts are now fully readable! (Starting posts online has solved the drawback of using pix of my pages as posts).

I really like doing things only once. (That attitude cost me in my Home Studio franchise when I had to find and define customers’ projects and then produce them.)

What’s really foreign to this tail-end-of-the-baby-boomer-generation’s man is today’s fitness craze.

In my 20’s, people my age (of any age!) were not to be found in a gym. Did gyms even exist back then, except for boxers and pro athletes? They surely weren’t so prolific! How many modern chains or “styles” can I name?

  1. Crossfit
  2. Fitness 19
  3. 24-Hour Fitness
  4. Boost
  5. Planet Fitness
  6. Ninja TV shows
  7. Gladiator TV shows
  8. and more…

beer-and-ashtrayBack then, a bar (for sitting in, not for lifting) was a more likely place at which to find people. (Remember “No pain, no pain?”)

Now that could be just my impression or a memory made from non-participation. I’ve never been “into” working out. But there are undeniably more gym businesses than ever before.

 Last night, at B’s Crossfit, was the last weekend of the 2018 Crossfit Open, an internationally-coordinated competition-of-sorts lasting five weeks. B can go online and see where she places among all competitors, or drill down to her gender/age group. (Of course, the same advances in technology that make WordPress possible have also made The Open a reality.)

Bars’ patrons’ physical positioning may be more sedate, but the happiness and noise of the post-workout “fiesta” – beer was available – outmatches drinkers’ moods. Catered BBQ was the featured dish – and not surprisingly, there were vegetarian options, too.

God, You have placed into Your creation such variety of things and activities! Surely, the choice of “something for everyone” is heaven-like? You tell us to take good care of these ‘temples’ in which our souls reside, so exercise must please You. Even I like a good walk!

Today I pray for all these “amateur” athletes, and that they would care as much for their spiritual bodies, getting to know You.

CFCB1314-C64D-4151-A1F0-B705B0A4A3DB-364-000000934707D1C3_These days I don’t stress much about my fitness, maybe I should, but I’d rather just exercise my mind. I’d need the courage to change my habits – and I know You’d grant that in a workout-elevated heartbeat.


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