What is going on here?

I had started feeling a sore throat the Thursday before Boulder 70.3. Fortunately, I still able to participate in and complete Boulder 70.3. However, by Monday I definitely had a full on sore throat and cold. So, I decided that I would not begin to resume workouts until I had enough time to fully recover. I have not exercised since the race and the cold just hung on. Monday of this week, I got another cold on top of the one that hadn't gone away. By Monday night, I was feeling pretty sore and tired. Definitely on Tuesday night I was totally chilled and achy.

A lesson in patience

Last night my nose was congested and my throat was somewhat sore. I decided that I would skip my workout this morning. I don't know if I had taken the day off yesterday if I would have been able to do the workout today. But, I can't go back in time.

When I woke up this morning, I felt basically like I did yesterday morning and I was a little disappointed that I had decided I was going to skip this workout. Just as I probably should have skipped the workout yesterday, it's probably better that I am skipping the workout today.

It took me long enough

It's not that I haven't posted an entry in a while that's the issue for which I have chosen the title. It's the fact that with all the "important" things I have posted about my life in this blog, I have still not posted anything about the fact that I am expecting a child. My wife, Lana, is due to give birth to our son, Elijah on January 18, 2012. So, I am including my first draft of the "prayer" I am planning to read to my son during his naming in February.

To my Son, Elijah

Am I living my ideal life?

I have been on a spiritual journey since about June of 2008. During the course of this journey I have read many books, including Janet and Chris Attwood's The Passion Test. I'm reading the book again because I have a coaching client to whom I've recommended it. Janet recommends that you take the passion test every six months. So, I'm way overdue to retake it at this point. Reading through it again with my client will give me a good reason to revisit it for myself as well.

Here is what I came up with the first (and so far only) time I took the passion test:

Is it possible to live each day as though it is your last?

While I was beginning my meditation this morning, I noticed that it seemed like I was rushing through my breaths. So, I thought about how I would breathe if I knew that once I had finished my breath exercises those would be the last breaths I would ever take. Certainly I wouldn't rush my breaths then. But, how would I spend my last breaths? And how healthy would it be for me to hold onto each breath as though it were one of my last?

Roly Poly Philosophy

When I was meditating this morning I noticed one of those roly poly bugs. Maybe you call them pill bugs, water bugs, or some other name. They are those little black armadillo-like bugs with lots of tiny legs that roll up into a ball when you touch them.

I call it meditation

Weed or flower?

Some time ago I read a book called "The 5 Rules of Thought" by Mary T. Browne. One point of the book is that whatever you put your focus and energy into is what you are going to create in your life. Ms. Browne recommends that people spend time each day to visualize the outcomes they want in their lives. So, after I read the book, I decided to start meditating.