Monday, April 6, 2009


While I was dressing in the gym this morning a man walked into the locker room and said, “Hello.” I didn’t know him, but it is always nice when people are friendly so I said, ” Hi, how are you?” He said, ” I’m surviving. I can’t believe what is going on. It is just too much.” I responded by saying,” Surviving is good!!”

I am not sure why people feel that what is going on is unbelievable. It has been coming for a long time and it has been driven by many of our not so positive characteristics. This includes our leaders --- our fearless leaders -- who have given all of us reason to be fearful. But this is neither a time for fearfulness, nor disbelief. Reality may at times bite, but we need to try our best to accept it and adapt accordingly.

This is a time to survive as best we can and try to focus on the positives. This is a time not to dwell on the negatives or engage in lengthy discussions and debates about whom did what to make a mess. A few weeks ago, Time Magazine had a pictorial of the top 25 people who contributed to this crisis. I was not sure of their point since I am sure these people are some among many.

The question is what does surviving mean? I believe it means the following:
· Like the man this morning, getting to the gym or doing some exercise on a regular basis.
· Striving to live a healthy and balanced life.
· Staying connected with family and friends in positive settings
· Finding low /no cost ways to continue to enjoy your lives
· Praying ( my next blog will talk a little about this in a non denominational way)
· Keeping busy in pride - worthy ways
· Thinking about ways you can be a little more conservative ( i.e., your driving, drinking,
drinking and driving, spending, use of credit cards, eating habits, etc.)
· Following our encouragement about relaxation, meditation or some form of stress reducing
· Laughing a lot and seeking out avenues to stimulate that.

Beyond these ideas, think about what “survival of the fittest” means to you. All of the above are stepping stones to thinking, feeling and behavioral fitness. As I said to my anonymous buddy in the locker room,” Surviving is good!!!”

Bye For Now,

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