to the Choir Lest They Slept
19 , 2001
24-hour period has been tougher than the last, yet this morning,
Laree and I managed to laugh, something we refused to do in the
past week. I wish I could remember what caused the spontaneous display
of cheerfulness so I could pass it on but it's gone.
no less stunned nine days after the initial WTC impact, and its
magnitude has only been reinforced by its multifaceted consequences.
We stand alongside the rest of the world, anxious, angry and sickened.
common knowledge of international relations, logic and common sense,
American patriotism, sufficient faith and essential Godly compassion
comprise my stock of references to guide me from this day forward.
Of course, I have a 32" Sony. I'm amongst the spoiled and self-centered
of the world who need to slow down and be aware, thankful and more
gracious. My country, The United States of America, with its flaws
and smudges has been aberrantly wronged, brutally wounded. And I
am pleased with the direction and speed at which we are moving,
though I haven't seen the news since three and things change moment
will not submit to terrorism by relinquishing our freedom, denying
the formidable reality, adopting random violence, cowering or otherwise
preparing fertile ground for the weeds of oppression to grow. We
are ready for personal commitment and compromise in the development
of national safety and the fortitude of our brothers and sisters
around the globe.
I have a suspicion that we (you and me) who seek health, strength
and improved performance and take the dusty road toward achieving
them have a slight advantage going for us. That's not a proven statement
or an arrogant assumption; it's just a notion.
Looking good stomach in, chest out, shoulders back
is a fair objective but our cause is nobler than that. We are compelled
by our endeavors to experiment with compromise and commitment, and
have therefore become familiar with their fundamental components,
patience, discipline and steadfastness. You and I have come to appreciate
these qualities, recognize their importance and notice their slow
but sure development in our lives.
know, a weak connection to make in light of the excruciating trials
that loom before our free world. No argument. Nevertheless, we fitness
fools are thoughtful in the foods we eat, how much and when. We
are regulars at hard exercise when a late morning in bed or an early
evening before the TV are sometimes very appealing options. Our
focus is on physical condition and ability, endurance and strength.
Determination accompanies us in our pursuits and I submit a bit
of grit penetrates our skin. Another kind of bond is established
within the body, mind and spirit of the serious trainer (of any
level) and it relates to instincts, resourcefulness and inward trust.
Diligence and moderation position themselves to replace laziness
elements of which I speak will not necessarily make us heroes or
special-op forces, but they might serve us to endure a longer line
at the airport, to walk and run, climb and jump and carry a load
if we must. We might be less inclined to view simple compromise
and cooperation to assure a smooth running system of a hearty people
as the surrender of our freedoms. I'll bet we muscleheads will be
amongst the first to release and resist the fear that supporting
the governments in their efforts to secure the nations is a threat
to our liberty and broad manner of living.
It's not uncommon for me to refer to the unhealthy and unfit condition
of society as a reflection of its apathy, complacency and ignorance.
My references are not insensitive comments on the undesirable fitness
level of the people on the streets. They are not condemnations but
instructive pleas to set the dormant into motion. They are not intended
to ridicule the overweight but rather stir the sleeping. They call
the weak to strength with no tone of mocking in the voice. The mocking,
rather, is in the ear.
and eating right regularly prepare us for the tough days ahead.
Exercise is a constructive diversion that relaxes and reduces stress,
strengthens the body, mind and spirit, establishes confidence, builds
brotherhood and sisterhood, adds considerably to the resources of
the country and prepares it to win the good fight.
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