Day 60 – Monday, Monday, Monday

2013.04.22Some days are very productive.

This wasn’t one of those days.  But that doesn’t mean the day was bad.  It just wasn’t perfect.  In fact, when I think about it, the day was better than good.  The day was GREAT!

It started slow with our monthly meeting with our financial adviser who helped us learn about all the money we don’t have.  Next, I went to my first home visit where the patient decided he didn’t want a visit after all.  I suspected my day might be one of THOSE Mondays.

Thankfully, the day got better.  I had a great lunch with my friends/co-workers, got some good file work done and completed another home visit later in the evening.

At 7:30 I was on my way north and enjoying the fantastic weather.

Now I’m ready for bed.  But first, being true to my Journey, I willl drink three glasses of water, do 10 sit ups, 10 push ups and get in a good 15 minutes of meditation before I hit the hay.  That’s a good way to end a great day!

Day 52 – Shoe Shopping

2013.04.14This was a very odd day.  Because we went to church last night, we had the morning to ourselves.

We knew that a trip to my in-laws was in the plan but I had no idea that we would spend so long in a shoe store, looking for some black flats for my wife.

I needed a pair of new black shoes as well so we divided when we entered DSW; I made my way to the one aisle of men’s shoes and she went to the 32 aisles of women’s.

Three minutes later, I had the box of new shoes under my arm and went over to check on my wife’s progress.  Or, I should say, lack of progress.

One hour later, we were at the checkout line, everyone completely satisfied.

It’s a metaphor of life, I suppose.  Men have fewer options and desire fewer choices.  I need shoes.  Black or brown?  Business or casual?  Size?  Here.  Done.

Women require more selection because they have more variables:  Purpose of shoe.  Possible locations they might be worn.  Number of outfits that might match said shoes.  Do they need to be flats, pumps, heals or stilts?  Will the bangles, bows, sparkles and buckles add to the look or detract?  Colors?  We’re still creating new ones to meet your individual requirements…And on, and on, and on it goes.

The same is true with weight loss.  I want to lose weight.  Done.  My wife is certainly concerned about a few remaining pounds but she wants to be fit.  She wants to have tone.  She wants to be a certain shape.  I just want it gone…Just like I want my shoes.

Day 38 – We Haven’t Changed A Bit

Lynn and I enjoy time together before Easter lunch.
Enjoying Easter with Lynn and Wendy.

We had a great day today.  Easter worship in Katy, Texas.  Lunch with my old friends, Lynn and Wendy.  Fun the boys and a super night’s sleep.

This trip is already shaping up to be a great experience.  Lynn and I worked together for a few years beginning in 1987.  We enjoyed one another 26 years ago and after only a few hours together this weekend, I realized why.

Lynn is brilliant, funny, and loving.  He might have more gray hair and a few extra wrinkles but he’s the same wonderful person today as he was nearly three decades ago.

Another wonderful day spent with my boys and my friends.  The journey can’t get any better.

Day 37 – My Traveling Buddies

2013.03.30Elliott and Ben will be with me for the next eight days as we travel to Texas and back.

We’re going to see things.  We’re going to do things.  We’re going to make the most of every moment; even if that means taking a nap in the middle of the day.

Spring break.  Senior year.  Finding friends.  Having fun.  Making the most of the journey.  Talking about girls, computers, video games.

I imagine I’ll cherish these moments with my youngest son and I hope he cherishes them, too.

A once in a lifetime trip.

Day 35 – We’re All A Little Different

2013.03.28This morning we started a little test at work.  Someone wrote an “8” on the white board in the kitchen.  And based on the opinion of everyone in the room, they did it wrong.  They started on the right and pulled their pen down and around.

The next person picked up the pen to show how they drew the “8”.  It was started the other direction and wrapped around itself.

The third person drew two circles.

The fourth had an entirely different angle and path to their numeral.

Before we were done, seven employees drew their “8’s” and each and every one, without exception, was different from the one before.

It’s the reality of life, isn’t it?  A favorite diet book suggests that every person eat the same thing and they will benefit from the plan.  We drive similar cars.  We wear similar clothes.  We use similar toothpaste.  But in the end, we all do things differently.  Our food is cooked with more or less oil, salt or flavor.  Our driving pattern is faster, slower, safer or more dangerous.  Our shirts are wrinkled or ironed, tucked in or hanging out.

Each one of us is unique.  And that’s a good thing.  The secret is not to worry about confirming to an expected norm.  The secret is to be who we are created to be and be the best possible person within our power.

Your eight might not fit the standard numeral system…but then again, there might not even be a standard system.

That idea could change everything.

Day 30 – Another Day, Another Shoot

2013.03.23This was a fun day.  Long, but fun.

Up early (3:00 am), I delivered my son to the high school for his show choir performance.  He had to be on the bus, ready to travel at 4:00 am.

After a quick drive there and back, I took a short nap and ran my lines for later in the day.

My day was filled with another film shoot on location in Greenfield.  This was my fourth film in the last year and the second movie in which I’m the lead character.  I did a great job on a couple scenes but struggled with a few.  I’m excited to see the final product.

In my life-time, I’ve been an artist, a musician, a farmer, a fast-food worker, a paralegal and a researcher.  This newest venture doesn’t pay my electric bill but it does expand my creative opportunities.

I have 11 months remaining in my Journey to 50 and have been successful in my first 30 days in several ways.  I’ve found new ways of expression, new focus and increased joy in the presence of my family and friends.  It’s been a good year so far and I’m excited about what tomorrow brings!

Day 22 – Growing on the Inside, Shriking on the Out

Some of my artwork is on display at the office. It is a good reminder to foster my creative side.

As I journey through my 49th year, I am striving to accomplish a few goals.  One if to decrease in my body mass.  Get smaller, lose weight.  Tone my tummy.  You get the idea.

Another goal is to increase the things that matter.  Read more.  Learn more.  Be more creative.  Try more new things.  Increase my intellect.  Build my brain.  Train my talent.

To that end, I’ve started eating less and walking more. I’ve put down the pizza and picked up a pen.

I’ve focused in on my photography.  I’ve found time with friends. I’ve listened to the birds.  I’ve stopped to smell the crocus (the only flower out right now). I’ve sketched my ideas and drafted my proposals.  I’ve laughed at my animals and laughed with my family.

In short, I’ve started living life in a way that brings me joy.  My goal is to learn to live in a way that brings me to a place of peace.  And so far, even on day 22, I’m finding success with that!  Who knows what I will accomplish in the remaining 343 days of this year!