I feel I owe some kind of explanation to the folks that follow this blog. While back in June, I would have thought I would have been able to cross off #26 (Blog regularly.), it seems that the months of July and August (at least so far) have been fraught with interruptions. To be honest, I am into the meat of a lot of these things. For example:
1. I am in the gym at 500am Monday-Friday, doing a myriad of things. Having finished Belly-Off Diet, and Turbulence Training, for the last two months, I have been to the YMCA a lot. I am doing interval weight training on my main days, and on my off-days, doing interval running to train for the races. Days that I miss my morning routine, I generally am there in the afternoons, with the Family.
2. Weight loss has stagnated at right about 21 pounds. I would by lying if I told you that wasn’t frustrated with that fact. I can’t seem to figure it out. I will admit, I have backslidden a few times in my eating plan, and paid the price, but I can’t figure out what’s going on there. In leiu of figuring out, I am still pounding the weights and the treadmill, in preparation for my first 5k of the season, in September.
3. I have earnestly begun looking through the notes on my Paw Paw’s book (see #29 Finish my Paw Paw’s Book). That is going to be a feat. The story has some promise, but at first, I am working on copying the manuscripts outright. My Paw Paw didn’t have the most elegant handwriting, so it is taking some time.
4. I am kinda stuck in my most recent book, Drive, by Daniel Pink. About 1/3 of the way in, I am wondering how many different ways he can say how important activating people’s intrinsic motivation is (For the purposes of personal and business success). I get it. It’s just a slow read.
5. I am prepping for September, which will be the month of no meat (for #24 Go vegetarian for a month.). A post next week on that … but I think the month of September might just be worse than the half marathon, maybe even harder.
So …. I have been busy. Busy doing the things on the list, and not so much been able to write much about what I am experiencing.
And then there are the interruptions.
-Two weeks ago, a friend from school passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. I wrote briefly about him here, but find the words lacking. What resounds more is the overwhelming understanding of how short and how precious life is.
-On the morning after that event, I traveled to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, TN to be with my family as my grandmother passed away. I was honored to speak at her funeral, as I had been as well for her husband, my Paw Paw, just 18 short months ago.
-In my line of work, I don’t often work in the evenings, or on the weekends. There was surely a season of that in my career, but the occurrences are fewer and farther between. The last two weeks has seen me working and extra 25 hours or so, due to special duties. Some weekends, and some early mornings (as I tweeted about this past week).
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So even the best laid plans are sometimes impacted by the gears of life turning.
It is easy to be frustrated with little interruptions in life.
The salesman at the door.
The unexpected traffic.
The phone call that you feel you should have just left for voice mail.
It’s easy to be frustrated by these interruptions, because we always seem to have the most well-laid plans.
Regardless of that, I was reminded by a post from a blogger that I follow, Rachel Held Evans, who shares that in our walks, we should embrace the unexpected moments in life.
You can read the post here.
We should embrace those interruptions because those unexpected moments are often the ones that contain the true purpose of that moment, or of that day. Not only that, but if you read this and you are a follower of Christ, you also know that Christ often moved from interruption to interruption … and that’s often when he did his best work. Countless times would he be summoned here or there, and if they couldn’t get Jesus to come to them, they would just bring the interruption to Jesus, even if it meant tearing off a roof, and lowering the interruption right down into Jesus’ lap.
You see, interruptions are at times the lifeblood of what makes life exciting, real, and engaging. Think about how boring life would be if it all actually went according to plan.
Painful, that boredom.
Well, the fact is that I need to be more accepting of interruptions. I need to be more open to the possibility that my path may be heading one direction, only to hit a bump and head the other way. I need to be open to interruptions, lest I miss out on the wonder that today actually holds.
Even if that means the blog doesn’t get posted to, or a goal sets on the side.
Yeah, I said it.
Doesn’t make much sense when this whole year is about accomplishing all these important, amazing, meaningful, or silly things on this list.
Until you realize that it makes perfect sense.
Up until this point in my life, there have been idols, things that have taken the wrong place of importance in my life. These have been (in no particular order): Work, entertainment, food, laziness, and ambition (and I am for sure I am leaving some out, and I count on my friends to share with me the ones I missed).
If I let this list (for the sake of the list) take up one of those same pedestals, I have missed the point of this entire exercise.
Life is a process, a “going through”. It is not a checklist. Granted, I know this seems odd coming from a guy who has openly committed on the internet to complete a list of things while he is 30, but the list was a jumpstart.
The list is me throwing interruptions into my own life.
So, I take no shame if there are gaps on the posting, if I fall off the wagon while dieting and exercising, if I have to walk a little bit on the half-marathon in December. The story of this blog is not one of a “super-person”, a “biggest loser”, or other sensational story. This story is the everyman. The reality that we all face as we look to tomorrow and wonder where yesterday went.
So, tomorrow, I look forward to the interruptions … they are bound to make this story more exciting.