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Several years ago when troops were deployed to Iraq I wrote a letter to the editor of a local newspaper making the case for the fact that
the freedom we enjoy as Americans does come at a cost. The response I received was overwhelmingly pos- itive. My point was that we can’t initially see the efforts of others, but their lives have made a world of dif- ference because there were and are Americans who are willing to literally put the freedom of others and future generations ahead of their own lives. Primarily it’s our young men and women who put on the uniform of service, get the needed training and allow themselves to go into harm’s way for the sake of the rest of us who enjoy the opportunities of freedom in the United States.
Millions have taken their turn at serving their country either through the military, law enforcement, or first responder to an emergency, and in this month that we celebrate the birth of the United States on July 4th, I am so thankful for their efforts on my behalf.
I am most thankful for the ultimate model of service worth remembering – the One who put on human form, came in person and basically died so we could live for all eternity.
His name is Jesus, and he has changed the course of human history more than any other one individual. Time itself is marked by his coming to this planet (AD – “In the year of our Lord.”), and literally billions of lives have been transformed because of his love.
So when you celebrate this month by going to a parade, a fireworks display, a picnic, or just a quiet thank you in contemplation, remember it’s all made possible by the One who came first to serve, and ones you can’t see with your eyes because they’re already in heaven, or serving on some foreign shore, or waiting to serve when the emergency strikes. You might not be able to see them with your eyes, but your heart knows the truth. Their lives made a differ- ence. And yours does too when you commit to serving.
~ Faithfully yours, Jim Gysel
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Of Habit
By: Troy Huggett
John Dryden famously said, “We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”
Confucius said, “Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.”
Aristotle noticed that, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”
The habits you adopt will shape who you are.
What are your habits? Do you eat the same thing for lunch, go through the same exercise routine, and fall into bed at the same time each night?
Or maybe you’ve made a habit out of eating something sweet before bed, avoiding the gym, and staying up as late as possible.
When it comes to your fitness, the two habits that define you are your eating and exercise habits. In fact, everyone that you know who is in great shape has dialed in these two important habits.
If you aren’t happy with your body, then simply adjust your eating and exercise habits.
Here’s how to adopt a habit:
1) Decide on the ONE habit that you would like to develop. It’s tempting to pick up three or four healthy habits but choosing just one new habit is realistic and doable.
Here are some healthy habit ideas:
• Do not eat after 7pm each night.
• Bring your lunch to work instead of
eating fast food.
• Exercise four times a week after
work for 45 minutes each time.
• Only eat fruits and veggies as your
afternoon snack.
• Get up early and exercise for an
hour each morning.
• Workout with me three times a
2) Write your new habit down on paper. Also include your three main motivators for developing this new habit, the obstacles you’ll face, and your strategies for overcoming these obstacles.
Here’s an example:
• My new habit is to work with a per-
sonal trainer three times each week. • My three main motivators are:
1- To feel confident in my bathing
suit this summer.
2- To have more energy.
3- To fit into my skinny jeans.
• The obstacles I will face are:
1- Not having the energy to go to my
session after work.
2- Not having enough money to pay
for sessions.
3- Not having my spouse’s support.
• I will overcome these obstacles by: 1- Doing my workouts before work
instead of after work, so I have
more energy.
2- Cutting down on frivolous spend-
ing to ensure that I can afford it. 3- Asking my spouse to join me so
we can get in shape together.
3) Commit fully to your new habit, in a public way. This could mean posting it on social media, or simply announcing it at the dinner table. Put yourself in a position where you’ll be embarrassed to give up on your new habit.
4- Keep track of your progress.
You could keep a detailed journal or simply make a check mark on each calendar day that you successfully exercise your new habit.
Once your new habit becomes sec- ond nature, usually in about 30 days, feel free to add a second habit by going through the same steps.
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