Thursday, December 21, 2006

It does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not stop
I stole this from Neoprene Wedgie's blog.

For this week, I have done no exercise. None. My right butt is still healing and my chest is a bit sore (from Tremblant). The chest sore feels like a bone bruise than an actual muscle sore. Tomorrow, going to see the doc just in case.

I miss running. I miss the emptiness. I miss the quiet time I can have with myself and with God. The butt is getting better so by this weekend, I will be out and about.

Since this week I am being normal, I spent a lot of time on socializing. Meeting up with old friends and acquintaneces. Bonding and forging new friendships.

A glimpse of who I will become and reminisce of who I one was.

I read a blog I posted a year ago. A year ago I was looking for a job and I am still looking now. A year ago, I was working on my swim technique and I still working on it now.

A year came and gone and things haven't change. Or has it?

The pace is just a little slow right now. This doesn't mean there is no progress. So I haven't change my job but I have been making progress in my resume, my cover letter, my interview skills. I have made strides in to help the company grow.

Last year, I would congraulate myself for swimming 1,000 m. Now, I won't be satisfy if I don't get 2,000 m everytime I hit the pool. (hmm...2,000 m....that's 40 laps....drools).

There were times when I was intimidated by the chlorine. Now I crave it. Give me an hour of free lane and I am happy.

So there might be slow down in my life. I have to learn to distinguish the difference between slow down and no progress. It is easy to mix these two together. I am now making slow progress. One drip at a time. To fill a bucket. It will take days, weeks, months.

I have time. I have to match it with courage and dedication. More importantly, I have to have paitence and faith that things will work out and the bucket will be fill by July 22, 2007.

As I move towards July 22, there will be moments when I feel like I hit the ceiling. No progress. Nil. I just have to remember that it is just another slow down. And just like any traffic jam. Sooner or later it will clear up.

I want to give a thank you for your comments and reading my progress throughout the year. Life is a roller coaster :-). As much as I at times don't enjoy saying it, that's what makes life interesting. The ups and downs....

Have a great holiday everyone.


Anonymous said...

July 22, 2007 still gives me the chills when I read it. Not sure if that will ever change.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Cliff. Taking a little time off is good for all of us once in a while. Cultivating relationships is important and sometimes while we're training we neglect certain things. A short break is good.

Afternoon Tea With Oranges said...

Merry Christmas, Cliff! Get enough rest and get to feeling better. I have enjoyed reading your blog and watching your's very inspiring to me....keep it coming...I can't wait to watch you rock IMUSA!!!

Anonymous said...

I hope the chest pain is nothing serious! This is a great post. You are definitely making progress even if you can't see it all the time.

Anonymous said...

Just discovered your blog and love the saying at the top of your post today.

All things in God's time. Sounds like now is a time of rest and healing for you.

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your rest time and have a great time with your family and friends during this holiday season. Merry Christmas!

elaine s said...

Cliff, Thanx for the card. Very touching....after all, I was number 1!Ego stroke....I completely forgot that the bird catching incident was a year ago! You're my HERO!

I'll tell you want you've've taken our fellowship to a new level and really turned it into a "community". My sister is envious of what our fellowship has.

Anonymous said...

Your right butt???? I only have one butt. Lol Hope you heal fast!! You have come along way. I've enjoyed reading about the journey.

Merry Chritmas

Robin said...

Cliff, this was a greta post--tahnks for sharing. I feel liek no progress sometimes. But I need to remember that it is sometimes slow progress. I, too, am still looking for another job. But I have found a whole new career interest I want to pursue in the meantime. I am STILL trying to finish my thesis, and had no motivation to do it this year. But now i have the motivation to do it, b/c I want that chapter closed b4 I pursue this new career. This year, I didn't do much training due to injury, but nitely help me this late in the year I have made connections with those that will defintely help me this year to accmplish my 1st HIM....your post has made me think more. sorry for my loong comment. Thanks. Good luck to you and happy holidays.

Anonymous said...

I've barely worked out for a few weeks too...and socializing is not a bad tradeoff for working out at this time of year!

Anonymous said...

I think there is no doubt you have made progress over the past year Cliff. I can't wait to follow your journey to July 22nd, 2007. Have a Merry Christmas!

Rae said...

You have made so much progress this year! I can't wait to follow you on July 22nd! You are going to do GREAT!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Cliff!

Sarah Lukas said...

I love reflecting on the days of the past and to see how far I have come, even when I know I am still going and can't stop yet. I've enjoyed following you through your journeys and will continue to do so!!

Merry Christmas!


Anonymous said...

Cliff, I hope your Christmas is everything you could hope for.

:) said...

Hope your butt feels better soon, Cliff. Merry Christmas!