Sunday, November 10, 2019

Some people just know how to get things done

Cliff was reading an article on Facebook a while ago about a guy who was eating at a Waffle House.  This fellow noticed there was only one employee working, and there were thirty customers in the restaurant, so when he finished his meal, he put on an apron and pitched in.  Cliff just thought that was an amazing thing to do.

“But Cliff,” I said, “we saw Joyce (our tractor club secretary) do that same thing while we were eating in a restaurant during one of our bus trips, and as soon as she started helping out, others joined her.”

“Really?” he asked.  

“You were with me at the time.  You don’t remember?”

“No.  Sorry.”

“Nobody did a newspaper article about Joyce and the other helpers and their good deed."

The thing is, when the guy made it into a newspaper article, the recognition became his reward ( Matthew 6:2).  Those ladies in our tractor club have a reward coming later.  Are you wondering if I got up and helped the others that day?

Nope, I didn't.  And if I had, I'd have gotten in the way.  I'm one of those sorry people who never looks around to see how I can help, and when I try to help it seems I'm not helping much.  I'm ashamed to admit it.  Cliff likes to have people helping him who can see what needs to be done without bring told.  Folks, I need someone to tell me what to do.  When I worked on a job, I always did well on tasks where I did repetitive tasks over and over, jobs where I had no decisions to make.  

To read the Waffle House article, click HERE.

Now, I sent all the words above this line to our tractor club secretary in an email (except I forgot to put in the link to the article).  She replied that she didn't remember the incident.  But she said, "Like Cliff, I don't remember, I just have tried to always do what I thought was best or needed done."

I can attest to that, because when she and her husband load and unload a tractor at a parade or other event, they work smoothly, quickly, and calmly together.  A perfect team.  When our club secretary is around, things get done.  

Poor Cliff.  He got stuck with me; what a dud I am.  But I'm glad he did.  I'm just thankful there are people like Joyce in the world.

I'll leave you with this to think about:  We are scheduled to go on a bus trip to Jackson, Minnesota, leaving early Wednesday morning and coming home pretty late Thursday night.  If you look at a weather map of the USA right now, it doesn't look good.  We could deal with the cold, I imagine; but there's a chance of snow in the forecast.  If the roads are going to get bad, the trip may have to be canceled.  Most of the folks in the tractor club are not spring chickens, and we senior citizens aren't crazy about getting out on slick roads.

I intend to have a good week, whatever the outcome.  


Friday, November 08, 2019

Stand up straight

I've never had great posture.  My uncle told me many years ago that I needed to correct my posture or I'd end up like my grandma, who was pretty badly bent over.  I tried to make myself sit and stand straight for a long time after he told me that, but it didn't really help at all.  I didn't feel like I was slouching; it's hard to correct something you're doing if you don't realize you're doing it.

In June of 2017, I found online some simple exercises that were practically guaranteed to fix anyone's posture.  It sounded too good to be true.  The author said it would help correct my bad posture immediately, but that I would need to do them for at least a month, then I could stop.  I'd be fixed.  

Well, the exercises did correct my slouching to a great extent, but after doing them for a couple of months (just for good measure) I stopped.  Because the guy said I could stop after one month.  That's the part that didn't work.  But of course, I didn't KNOW I was back to slouching until a while back Cliff said, "You're walking more bent-over all the time."

So I started the exercises again, this time vowing to keep doing them.  The last time we visited my sister, she noticed I was standing straighter and mentioned it.  That was rewarding.  Then this morning, Cliff happened to get out of bed while I was still standing against the wall doing my exercises and said, "I have to say, that has fixed your slumping."

Really?  I'm serious when I say I cannot tell when my posture is bad.  At all.  If nobody said anything about it, I'd probably stop again.  But it's worth doing something that only takes three minutes out of your day, at least once a day and usually twice, as long as it's doing what it's supposed to.

You'll find the exercises HERE.

If you try this, be sure and read the instructions and do everything the way it says to, such as tuck your chin, and keep the back of your head touching the wall.  Otherwise it won't work.  Also, let me warn you that if your posture is as bad as mine was, this is going to hurt when you first start, and for quite awhile afterward.  You won't believe the places such a simple exercise can make you ache.  But that just assures you that you are doing something right.  

I promise you, it works.  I thought I had blogged about this a couple of years ago, when I did the exercises and quit, and gradually went back to slumping.  However, I did a search using the word "posture" and couldn't find it here.  So I searched on Facebook and there it was, only a little over two years ago.

Yours truly,
Me, sitting up straight right now.

P.S.  I put a new picture taken during my morning walk at the top of my blog.  I love the picture, but no font color shows up well against it.  Oh well, I'll try to get another picture that will show my blog's name a little better before too long.