In my early teenage years, I had a Sunday School teacher who a very dynamic man. His career had been one of financial success with business deals throughout the world. Many experiences in that arena and also with his family, had taught him some great lessons in life. He shared those with us more often than anything from the scriptures or handbook. He was kind, he was compassionate, he was wonderful. All these years later and some of those lessons still resonate with me.
He was also very heavy. Not that this mattered to us–it was just one aspect of his weight which he shared that I still remember. The extra weight he had carried for many years had really worn out his knees–they both needed to be replaced. In order for the doctor to replace the knees, he had to lose some weight. He was very open about always wanting to start tomorrow. Even though tomorrow is only one day away, it can really be weeks, months, years or even decades; it’s up to us.
For the last few months, tomorrow hasn’t come. I am not pretending to be Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day, but I keep telling myself that I will do something tomorrow. That something is writing. For those of you who follow me here on this blog, you know how much, and how frequently, I would post restaurant reviews, recipes and life lessons. It was all exciting and really lit me up inside.
Back in October, I wrote about how my column with City Weekly was ending. Print media has been dying a slow death for years and the wave finally hit this publication (not in it’s entirety but a good half of the columns are gone). This really hit me hard. I couldn’t believe that I had that opportunity–to get paid to review restaurants.
When this happened, my wife was working on a transition from being an employee to an independent contractor. This plan had been in the works for months and we were making it a reality. There was so much work for her to do; so many details that took a lot of time and emotion. I told myself that I would take a few weeks of not writing and get through the transition.
Well a few weeks later we were into the Holidays–time for me to do some cooking for Thanksgiving, then it was time for me to smoke 120 pounds of meat for our church party in December, then Christmas was here, then New Years, then a visit to Florida. And on top of that, the kids are young and busy everyday so there are many demands on my time. Real estate was on fire, leading to the busiest winter I have ever had. “As soon as I get these next few deals closed, then I back to writing” I told myself.
The days turned into weeks and then into months. We all have many demands on our time. On the show Restaurant Impossible, Chef Robert Irvine travels the country to help failing restaurants. He is quite fit and a reporter asked him how he stays in good shape with his busy travel schedule. He said that he gets his workout in each morning period–no excuses. Well I have been busy, but I also have been using a lot of excuses. It’s time to get things done!
This is my tomorrow. And like the first workout after a time away from exercise, it feels good!