Friday, January 1, 2010

Not some dragon we need to slay.

Wow, what a party weekend! I hope you all had a sweet New Year’s Eve. By the way, is it just me or does today’s date seem to have extra ones and zeros?
What a great thing it has been to post like this every day. I love that you are all with me. I love that I hear from many of you often, and I love when someone brand new finally chimes in to let me know they are following along, and even better, to let me know they are fighting an important battle-of-the-bulge of their own. I say battle but it’s really war, with battles won and battles lost a hundred-thousand times a year. NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER SURRENDER! The strange thing is, right now as I am writing this, I wonder if using war terminology is the healthiest of metaphors. What if finding our weight loss groove is more like what Bagger Vance told Rannulph Junah in Robert Redford’s golf movie starring Will Smith and Matt Damon? Here is a direct quote from Ol’ Bagger himself, speaking to the war-torn Rannulph Junah.

“Put your eyes on Bobby Jones... Look at his practice swing, almost like he's searchin’ for something... Then he finds it... Watch how he settles his self right into the middle of it, feel that focus... He got a lot of shots he could choose from... Duffs and tops and skulls, there's only ONE shot that's in perfect harmony with the field... One shot that's his, authentic shot, and that shot is gonna choose him... There's a perfect shot out there tryin' to find each and every one of us... All we got to do is get ourselves out of its way, to let it choose us... Can't see that flag as some dragon you got to slay... You got to look with soft eyes... See the place where the tides and the seasons and the turnin' of the Earth, all come together... where everything that is, becomes one... You got to seek that place with your soul Junah... Seek it with your hands don't think about it... Feel it... Your hands are wiser than your head’s ever gonna be... Now I can't take you there Junah... Just hopes I can help you find a way... Just you... that ball... that flag... and all you are...”

Can you feel it? The quote was written about golf, but it has to apply to us and our quest for a better, healthier life. When you read it, what did you feel? Tell me, was there anything in it we can use? Let me know your “take” on this. Let’s see if we can teach each other something about becoming our “authentic” self and about searching for inner peace, and not some dragon we need to slay.

1 comment:

  1. I think being overweight is about covering up the true self, hiding from something, or "protecting" ourselves from something. Because most overweight conditions are caused by self-destructive behavior, I believe that God wishes for us to change. He knows it will free us. I switch back and forth between the "I just gotta lose weight" panic (swinging my sword wildly to slay the dragon), and the peaceful calm, trusting in God to help me release the weight and let the real me out (searching for inner peace). Thanks for the insight!