Normally, no matter what happens in the world, this blog carries on without missing a beat. It's that way for a reason. Never again will I use the tragedies of the world to excuse self-destructive behavior, as in "with everything that's happened, it makes what I'm doing seem insignificant in the big picture. I'll revisit this whole taking extraordinary care thing another time, when things are better." This type of self-enabling thought process is disguised as a selfless act of concern.
How would not taking care improve what's happened? It doesn't. This thought process is guaranteed to keep us down, because when things get better, something else happens, somewhere.
Here's what I believe happens in the above described thought process: We put everything on the same importance scale. It becomes tragic and senseless loss of life VS. making the personal choices needed in taking continued good care. Of course the tragic happenings are always more important than any single fundamental element of our success, truly--but it's winning a comparison that shouldn't have been made to begin with.
Heartbreaking news came from my hometown this morning. The Oklahoma State Homecoming Parade, the parade I grew up looking forward to each year, was marred by an event so unthinkable and horrible, it's very difficult to get it out of mind. A car, driven by a twenty-five year old whom police suspect was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, crashed into parade spectators at a high rate of speed. Four people were killed. Several more critically injured. Even more hospitalized with lesser injuries. One of the killed was a two year old. That really hit me.
The families directly affected by this entire tragedy are in need of tremendous prayers and healing. I can't even begin to imagine the level of pain and grief they're experiencing.
The life stream we navigate sure can become challenging. But it doesn't need to preempt taking care of ourselves.
The gut instinct that says "there are more important things in the world," is certainly true. There are, absolutely. But for the sake of our own personal well being, our individual elements of care shouldn't be placed on the same scale in comparison.
Hug those close to you. Love 'em and please, continue taking extraordinary care.
It's been a very long day. My activity level was my exercise. I don't have a fitbit stat to tell me how much I did in the way of calorie burn, but it was a bunch, I'm sure.
Moving my sound equipment from storage to a wedding celebration and setting it up for someone else to operate was first, then home to get ready for a broadcast from a new BBQ restaurant followed by emceeing a benefit rock concert festival--all made today and tonight a physical challenge. It was a good challenge. Well worth the efforts of the day.
My Tweets Today:
Good Saturday morning! Dark roast w/2 tablespoons half & half. X 2 cups. 80 cal. pic.twitter.com/BJk3CaHbYg— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 24, 2015
Brunch in MFP... pic.twitter.com/0Ax4c6g5nK— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 24, 2015
5oz sirloin, 2 whl egg omelet w/90g avocado (seasoned with salt & pepper), 85g red grapes, 85g green grapes. 625 cal pic.twitter.com/OTyhT9FlI5— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 24, 2015
14g blue corn chips & 72g avocado. 185 cal. pic.twitter.com/2Sge19srB5— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 24, 2015
Three grilled chicken drumsticks w/260g sweet potato & red onion, pan prepared w/3 sec olive oil spray. 599 cal. pic.twitter.com/by7BPV4px5— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 24, 2015
And another. They keep bringing it. I keep drinking it. 3 more cups water. #wateraccountability pic.twitter.com/jldDXP4xHN— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 24, 2015
Dark roast with three tablespoons half & half. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/6sB691f3Zh— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 24, 2015
Going for a record today. 4 cup water bottle refill. #wateraccountability This will make 17c. pic.twitter.com/apmjSAAqW5— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 25, 2015
Dinner in MFP... pic.twitter.com/WF5u4QarzY— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 25, 2015
Emceeing a music festival. Hungry--This works well. String cheese stick, 43g almonds & approx. 4.5oz banana. 402 cal pic.twitter.com/zWecbQQ5Ub— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 25, 2015
Relaxing cup. Dark roast with 2 tablespoons half & half. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/L5KMsJk85T— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 25, 2015
Blog writing fruit plate. 200g grapes, 157g apple & 5.2oz banana. #lastfoodofday 309 cal. pic.twitter.com/NyFFtqF8GM— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 25, 2015
Thank you for reading and your continued support,