Daily Reflections From My Window

August 3, 2021 Tuesday: Day 2 of As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us.

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“Discipline is doing what you really don’t want to do so you can do what you really want to do.”

Jeff Fisher

Boy do I like that above saying. I’m not sure if Jeff Fisher is the original author, or even who he is, but I have heard it in many forms and many ways before.

I have a real issue with self discipline. Especially exercise. I like it to be incorporated into my day. I’m not an athlete. I’ve tried it all over the years. I got up before school in the 70s and did a crazy 20 minute workout from Canada that 3 girls did in a studio with grainy photography. 20 minutes was doable and I was good to go.

If you’ve read my posts for any length of time, you know that I was not involved in school sports and I don’t even remember extracurricular things. My mom and Dad worked full time and there was only so much time and money to go around and as the youngest, I learned what I needed to know from my older siblings. We were active, most of them WERE involved in school sports and activities. I was kind of free range before it was trendy. My sister Janey was a majorette and expert baton twirler. I learned some cool things from her. She’d love hooping. If only she lived closer! She was also a cheerleader at Our Lady of Grace Grade School. Because she was so good, I got asked to be a mascot when I was in second grade. It was so much fun hanging out with the big girls. Until I got hit in the head by a football during halftime at one game. Why this got bold, I have no idea!

When I got to be in 8th grade, or maybe 7th, I became a cheerleader. They needed someone small to be on top of the pyramid. That was me. They just said, that because my voice was so annoying, not by any means the cheerleader deep voice, that I should just mouth the cheers. I thought it was funny even then! I took one for the team!

I read a lot then. I think we all did. My oldest sister was kind of the brainiac. She read all day long. In her room and would come out to tell us some scientific gem. Then return. My brother was the jock. Basketball and baseball. We played Horse at our at home basketball hoop and whatever game he could think up. Then when he had kids it was hockey. Reading and Exercise was just a part of life. Kids moved. And read. People did.

In the 80s it was Jane Fonda, then, Jazzercise, then Zumba and whatever came after that.

I walked a lot then. To the bus, then from the bus to school. Then home. Then repeat and replace, to the bus, to work, to the bus, to home. I put in some serious steps. Before trackers. We all probably did and do.

Ok so I really like to walk. I got a new Fitbit because my old one conked out. The new one isn’t quite as precise. I’ll be on my feet all day, working with fiber, doing barn chores, general house keeping, and on a slow day, easily get in the 10,000 steps. Lately, it’s barely tracking. I got it to help with my 99Walks app. They pair. It’s not the 99Walks app. It’s the Fitbit. My friend Kathy said the same thing. She and her husband wear their Fitbits on their ankles. When I first saw her with it on, I asked if she wasn’t telling me something. Was she under house arrest? What gives? “The Fitbit isn’t tracking my steps. It works better if I wear it on my ankle.” She walks A LOT and lives in the perfect neighborhood for walking, so she knows, and I was relieved to hear that it just isn’t me. When her neighborhood was built, the planners added a one mile loop that winds through the houses with a gentle incline here and there. Truly a Pennsylvania beauty, our hills. I love to walk in her neighborhood and with her. She and I need to walk. Even if the Fitbit doesn’t track your steps, the 99Walks App does very accurately. Even if I don’t want to carry my phone and not use the Fitbit, I can add my walk to the 99Walks App at a later date. Easy. Not sure that you can do anything like that with a Fitbit or any other app. The jury is still out on the new Fitbit. It sure is pretty though. 99Walks App still has a thumbs up from me for flexibility and ease of use. Not to mention helping me with my weakest trait, self discipline. Joyce has put together an amazing team of motivated people (many of whom I know personally and can vouch for) who can gently but effectively motivate me to take the time for myself to walk. And a walk they’ll tell you is anywhere. In the woods, by a stream, in your front yard, or as many of us did during lockdowns, in our basements. We just want credit for Goodness sake! Darn Fitbit!

I’m really late to the game today. I got up at the same time as I usually do. It took me longer to think about what to write about and then God put it before me. How? I can’t even remember but here you have it.

So how does this all tie together? I need to plan my days better. I need to discipline myself to take the time to learn to use my Fitbit so I get “credit” for every step. I need to learn to use this website better so I’m not fiddling around with format. I need to take the time at the front end to save time in the long run. I do that a lot. I do a lot of things, but only a few things well. How about you?

I need to learn to forgive others as God has forgiven me. My family is Irish and we are experts at holding grudges! We are proud grudge holders!

Right now I need to forgive my family for being such distractions right now (not really-I just have serious fear of missing out-I’m the youngest remember!). We are on our way to a day trip to an amazing place. Pictures will be coming of this as well as the cheerleader pics when I take the time to find them. Another discipline I need to work on. Organization. Did you know it’s “The Key”? They all slept in and I can’t. I’m trying to write this and they are having too much fun and distracting me in the background. I can smell the coffee being made by my expert barista and the wise words of my philosopher and his loving Dad. Oh I want to cry! Thanks a lot, limbic system! I love them all so much! I need to be with them and stop thinking that this is so necessary to write. Gotta go! Big day of hiking ahead!

Did you notice the link in the 99Walks App? Join through that link for a friends and family discount from me to you! You won’t have to forgive me. You’ll love it!

In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!

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