Published September 20, 2007
General , Weight Loss
I’m happy to report my treadmill is working again. The treadmill has been an essential tool for my weight loss plan. I’ve been trying to eat right and walk on the treadmill for one hour per day, six days a week.A few weeks ago, while I was working out, a bolt snapped inside the treadmill and the belt stopped moving. I knew what the problem was, but I couldn’t get at the bolt and fix the problem.
After spending $122 on a 5 minute repair call. The treadmill is working again and I’m back in business. I should have just been content that the treadmill is working, but I made the mistake of looking at the itemized bill. It cost $2 for the bolt and $120 for the labor. That translates into $1440 an hour. Not bad for replacing a broken bolt.
Published September 19, 2007
My preference was not to fly on this day, but the way that my meetings were scheduled, I wasn’t able to leave any earlier. Plus, it seems that American Airlines really wanted me to fly on Tuesday, 9/11. If I left on Monday, my flight would have cost $400 more. So, since I really didn’t have a choice, I decided I wouldn’t be too concerned about it. I would just look at it as another day.
My first mistake was watching FOX News that morning in the hotel’s exercise room. FOX decided to show video footage from that terrible day six years ago. They showed the events as they unfolded back in 2001. I suppose I could have changed the channel. But it was important to see what happened that day. We should never forget.
As I was driving to the airport, I realized this wasn’t going to be just another day. This was the six year anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in our history. It was also the first time the anniversary was on a Tuesday, like it was in 2001. To make matters worse, Bin Laden had just released another video message a few days earlier. I had a feeling that people at the airport would be would be on edge.
When I got to the airport, I was surprised by how normal everything seemed. It appeared the passengers in the terminals were relaxed. I didn’t notice an increased police presence. The only thing that seems unusual was the time that the TSA screeners were taking examining the luggage. I thought to myself, “Take all the time you need.”
The actual flight was fine. There was no acknowledgement from the flight crew that this was 9/11. That was probably a good thing. Everyone knew it was 9/11. Why bring it up on the plane?
At the end of my flight, I reflected on the events of the day. It turned out to just be another normal day, which I’m very thankful for. It also shows resiliency of this country. What happened six years ago should never be forgotten. But we cannot live in fear of the terrorists either. They hurt us, but they did not destroy us.
Published September 1, 2007
Christianity , General
As I continue to read through book of 1 Peter in the Bible lately, I came to chapter 5, verse 5. It says:
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.”
The key phase to me was “clothe yourself with humility.” This reminded me of putting clothes on in the morning. I need to make a conscious effort to get dressed in the morning and get ready for the day. It doesn’t happen on its own. It’s not some that naturally occurs. It’s the same with being humble. This doesn’t come natural for me. I can be very prideful and arrogant…on occasion. But if I want the favor of God, I will need to learn how to be a humble person. So, what I’m trying to do is at the start of every day, is think about how I can be more humble. I’m going to find small ways throughout the day to serve others and not me. I’m going to look for ways to promote others.
If I succeed at this, don’t expect me to write a post about how well I’m doing in the area of humility.