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Friday, June 11, 2010
No Reason To Quit
After several minutes of beinng in my own little world, the voices around began to get louder and more direct. I guess I spaced out a little. I only remember saying yes I can and yes I will! After high fiving everyone, I discovered that I had agreed to enter a local bodybuilding contest.
Anyway, through all the 24 weeks of training and grueling dieting regimine, I guess I shocked some of those doubting friends, when I delivered a FIRST PLACE trophy in the masters division.
Since that time, I started to seriouly train again, only this time just to duplicate and or simulate that bodybuilders look, without the stresses of actually doing the show. My problem this time is that, I'm seven years older and believe it or not, I'm convinced that things really do change. This old body constantly reminds me that I need to make new mental and physical adjustments.
Interestingly enough life is, has and can have a strange sense of humor. It also has the tendency to every once in awhile.. throw you a curve ball.
My curve ball came fast and hard. Initially, I took a mighty swing at it, but I really should have ducked. There it was flying toward me as if it was shot out of a cannon. The final result of the umpire's (surgeons) call was... A HERNIATED DISK.
No way, I said. Yes it is, he replied.
It's now been seven to eight months of every pain pill the doctors could prescribe. Then came the echoing advise of trying acupunture; chiropractic; deep tissue massages; decompression therapy; hot and cold compresses; crutches; limping and finally, "Why don't you just stay in bed"!
Last resort.. SURGERY. YIPES!! AGAIN.
Through it all, thanks to my strong faith in sincere prayer. Everything turned out just fine.
The hills of life are still present and will be for as long as we are alive and breathe air. A positive mindset and the willingness to forge forward and never give up is vital to a positive outcome. Here's what I thought of most and I truly hope that this statement will help you when you're standing at the plate of life's challenges and the next pitch you're thrown is a curve ball.
When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust him fully and let go, only 1 of 2 things will happen; either he'll catch you when you fall, or.. he'll teach you how to fly!