Saturday, January 8, 2011
I Am Available
About Balance Challenge #1? After going three times to 24 Hour Fatness last week, I realized people populating the rows of Stairmasters, elliptical and treadmill machines want to stay in their private zone, plugged into TV or iPod, and honestly I am no different … unless I meet a friend there and all we do is jabber. I did offer to help someone, and I said hello to new and old faces. Overall it was no different than any other week at the gym. Once, I spotted a Newby in the back row, a mucho-grande older man in a red shirt. I laughed inside as I thought, “Ya, like I’m really gonna hop off this elliptical to run over there, look this old dude in the eye and say, Good job! (Insert wink and thumbs up).” Who does THAT? He would think I was picking him up, or a total freak! Or both. It was never my intention to be that blatant, but I expected to connect more with others.
In winding up this Balance Challenge, I realized that folks don’t want to be bothered and I am laughing at myself that I anticipated being the Welcome Wagon of Family Fatness. My conclusion reminds me of the biggest balance challenge in life; Never lose your sense of humor. I will continue to keep my eyes open for opportunities to encourage others, but I can’t go looking for it. If God’s need me in this arena, I am available. And, if God needs me to be casted as the unicycle rider for a national commercial, then again, I am available.
Balance Challenge #2 coming soon!