Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Big Storm

On July 5, 2011 There was a HUGE dust storm in Chandler. It is called a Haboob. What ever you call it is a big mess. It covered the valley. It coated everything with this layer of dust. It went everywhere.  You couldn't even see in front of you. After the storm the next day I started thinking about how this storm is similar to how we treat people. We let things build up, we don't see what is really happening in a situation until there is a mess that is hard to clean up because of the words we say, the actions we take, & the thoughts we have. It takes a long time to clean up a mess. It takes a lot of work, but no matter how hard we work we can never get it back to the way it was before. With this storm, pools were cleaned the next day, cars were washed, and power lines were being repaired. But for days, weeks, and months there will still be dust to clean up. It covered everything, so there is no way to get it all at one time. And people will talk about the “BIG STORM” for years to come. The same is true in the way that we deal with people. A misplaced word can cause damage that can never be repaired. These storms like a Tsunami will take years to rebuild, and sometimes it cannot be rebuilt at all. The only way to prevent these types of messes is to think before you speak or before you act. That is so much easier said than done. The damage is too great and it can never be 100% fixed. I found this scripture from the Old Testament, Isaiah 54:17 kjv “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”
This is a better visual of this scripture. There are times in my life that I have used my tongue as a sword. I believe we all do, it is part of being human. We say things in anger, in hate, in pain, we betray confidence, or we give looks that say the nasty things we are thinking. But if we take the time to remember that these actions will cause a mess that will take forever to clean up. Maybe we can have a kinder and more loving world. There were some cars that didn’t get any dust on them because they were safely protected in a garage.  There has to be a “garage” for our thoughts before we let them out and create a mess.

So what does all of this have to do with the weight loss journey??

The storm prevented my favorite workout. Running the Track at Corona
We like the storm put garbage into our bodies and wonder why we have a “Health” storm and it takes years to clean up.
That I can use food to bury my anger, hurt, and fears.
Because of the storm I watched a movie called “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” It was a great motivation.

The movie is about a man’s journey with a Juice only diet. I was amazed how just a little bit of change can make a HUGE difference in your life. And Yes, I am pondering trying it because I like the idea of losing 40 pounds in a month. But because it is so hot in Arizona the thought of drinking for all my meals does sound appealing. I do believe that we can heal our bodies from the inside out. That by cutting out processed foods, caffenne, tabacco (this one effects me personally, because the doctors have said that my dad’d smoking habit is the reason he has COPD, the stroke, and heart disease) we can heal our heart, mind, and soul. I know for me personally since I started really looking at what I eat, that I have felt better.

I found out about a 5K on July 16th, which I am thinking about running. I need to run more to get the calories burning.  I must keep moving forward because there is so much life has to offer.

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