Sunday, December 16, 2012

Numbing the Pain

My prayers and thoughts go out to the families of the Connecticut shootings, may God give them strength to make it through the hard times.
I have a daughter that age and the thought of something like that happening is unbearable.  As I drove home after hearing about the tragedy and the number of innocent kids, I could barely contain my emotions.  The anger and sorrow I felt was just too overwhelming and I had to figure out a way to release the emotions that kept on rising to the surface, lucky for me my first stop was the gym.  Exercise plays a big role in my emotional state and in my opinion, on the emotional state of humanity.  At the end of the day, the majority of what ails us can be taken care of through some form of exercise. 
 As I pulled into the gym parking lot I was already feeling like a zombie and my poor body was going to take the brunt of my pain.  As I began my exercise routine, I found myself increasing the speed on the treadmill, faster and faster, I’m lucky I didn’t fall and injure myself.  The amount of reps and weight increased way beyond what I normally do and still I could not get the tragedy out of my mind.  The televisions had the news on all screens and it just fueled me even more, “numb the pain” I said to myself and before I knew it I could barely move.  My muscles were stiff, my mouth was dry, my head ached and I realized I was smoked well beyond my “redline.”  My physical pain may last a few days but the sorrow of this tragedy will remain with me for some time to come.
I’m not sure what the point of my story is other than this tragedy has impacted me and probably all of us in one way or the other and we all have our ways of dealing with emotional pain, I only wish I could do more for the families.  What has happened or is happening to humanity these days, one can only wonder.  I guess all we can do is try and prepare ourselves and our families for the battle that at some point some of us will have to fight, so stay fit, motivated, and be consistent.…… “Fitness for Battle” my friends!
"God grant me the serenity to accept things I cannot change, courage to change things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” - Reinhold Niebuhr

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