Motivational Breakage

The last couple of days I’ve had quite a few things break. Yesterday morning the vehicle I use to get to work would not start. The battery was dead. I jumped it off and went on my way. I was thinking that something must have been left on over the weekend and my wife turned it off. Either way, I needed to get to work.

When I returned to my vehicle after work, it would not start. Well, I could try to get someone to give me a jump. I could call AAA and they could help. But I decided to walk the 2 blocks or so to the auto parts store and buy a new battery. This seemed like the quickest and longest term solution.

As I was returning to my vehicle I was very glad I have been exercising because batteries are heavy. I am not sure if Tony Horton had carrying a battery in order to get home as part of the reason for creating P90X3, but it was reason enough yesterday.

Speaking of P90X3, as I was preparing to do what turned out to be a killer exercise, I noticed the TV or the DVD player was not behaving as per usual. Instead of attempting to troubleshoot the problem, like any good engineer would, I sided with expediency and used the portable DVD player I had used this weekend to complete my exercise while the kids were watching a movie.

Later this morning I decided to have my Shakeology for breakfast since that was such an intense workout. It was Accelerator of the P90X3 program. After my Shakeology I blended up some lunch to take with me. The mighty Blendtec sounded strange. I have heard that sound before. It was the sound of the seal seizing up. This had happened before. My lunch was ruined, but worst yet, the blender was no longer usable. I think they fail because I have not heeded the “proper care and maintenance” portion of the agreement. The next one I shall do better.

So here I am with many failures. Some are due to normal wear, some to abuse (I’m sure the kids had something to do with the TV) and some to negligence. What I learn from this is that things fail for many reasons. We can get caught up in why and beat ourselves up over it. Or we can accept and learn from the failure. We do not have failures, we have successes and we have learning opportunities. The only failures we have are those opportunities of which we do not learn from.

Now, I had better examine that TV before tomorrow’s exercise.

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Joshua Smith

I am the father of six beloved children and a husband to a lovely woman. I am also a follower of Christ, an electrical engineer in the power industry, a cancer fighter and a motorcycle rider

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