Honestly, it’s been a bad day for me today. I received some bad news that is going to impact me and my family for a while financially. I cannot change it. I can’t fix it. It is what it is.
I could sit and let the bad news, the negativity consume me. In the distant past, I would have used it as an excuse to get intoxicated. I handle it differently now. I seek out positivity when surrounded by negativity. In my search for positivity today I found the following and thought it was worthy of a share. Enjoy.
Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, in a commencement speech to Kenyon College on pursuing what matters:
Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential — as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.
You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.
To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.
Who says Throwback Thursday can only be a thing on social media? Not me.
I ran across this picture and thought I would share it. From left to right are my dad, my youngest son, me, my oldest son, and my grandfather. That’s four generations of Lunsford’s! It was either taken in late 1999 or early 2000. All of us are still alive and kicking to this day. There’s even a fifth generation of Lunsford’s now. I’m thinking we need to get together and have a picture taken with the new generation.
“Every time you train, train with the motivation and purpose that you will be the hardest person someone ever tries to kill.” – Tim Kennedy
I am relatively certain that I’ve posted that quote before. If so the reason I am thinking about it today is because of a question that was asked in a job interview I had today.
The interviewer asked, “What have you done to train for this position?”
My response was “Besides me already doing a job that is similar and my years of experience doing the job that I am applying for I strength train every day so I don’t get dead.”
Ignore the bad grammar. That was meant to add a little humor to a serious subject. I workout and train every day because if I don’t I could die doing what I do. Apprehending criminals especially in the circumstances I do it in can be dangerous. If I’m not at 100% physically or mentally I could get overpowered and taken down. That’s the reality. So I train hard so that doesn’t happen.
As people that read this blog and might enjoy fitness, you might not work in those conditions. Your motivation may be something entirely different. I want you to think about something though. If you were in a situation where your life depended on your ability to defend yourself would you survive? If you can’t answer that with 100% certainty that you could, train harder. You never know if and when you could be in that type of situation. I want you to win if you are.
Be the hardest person to kill.
Normally I have Mondays and Tuesdays off but this week is so busy I have to start my work week today. Not only do I have a bunch of stuff going on at work I also have an extreme amount of personal stuff going on this week.
At work, we are redoing my CCTV system starting today. I basically have to dismantle my current system and put new DVRs in place. I inherited a mess of wires so this could be problematic. On top of that, there is always criminal behavior that happens and I have to deal with. It seems to be on an upswing so having my CCTV system down at the same time is going to make things difficult.
In my personal life, I have my daughter celebrating her 18th birthday and my youngest grandson celebrating his 3rd birthday. Both are having parties so I better be there. I also have a job interview this week for a part-time position with my local sheriff’s department. I’ve been wanting to get a position with them for a long time now so keep your fingers crossed, please.
Even though this week is busier than most it’s still going to be a good one. I hope yours is as well.
The wife and I took our grandson Garrett to the Camp Atterbury Museum today so he could get up close and personal with the military vehicles there. He had a great time. We took a lot of pictures of him with the vehicles but since I don’t have his mother’s permission to publicly post those I will only share this one that I took that I think is cool.
Hanging on the wall over my desk at work are my reminders to stay motivated during my shift. (and keep me going with life in general)
Does anyone else do things like this to stay motivated?
People who wonder if the glass is half empty or half full miss the point.
The glass is refillable.
I have to admit, I am a loser. A big one.
This was me in 2014.
I was 305 pounds. I was addicted to benzos, alcohol and all things unhealthy.
This is me now.
I weigh in between 150 pounds -153 pounds depending on the day. I am no longer addicted to anything except fun, fitness, and positivity. (five years sober!)
As I said, I am a loser. And I think I’m better off for it.
I love my job but…
Today and tomorrow are my days off for the week.
Unfortunately, it looks like it is going to be raining on both days so getting lost in the woods or enjoying the outdoors isn’t going to be an option. There are still plenty of fun things to do, though. (and not so fun things to do like clean the house and laundry… ugh)
If anyone needs me I’ll be over here just being me for the next two days. Definitely need some time to do just that.
On August 2nd, 2015 I decided to live my life free of addiction. That means in a couple of weeks I will be five years sober.
I decided to use a little cash I got for my birthday and get this tattoo. It’s my third sobriety related tattoo.
(If you are wondering I have five tattoos total now and yes there are plans for more.)