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Husband. *Dog Dad.* Instructional Systems Specialist. Runner. (Swim-challenged) Triathlete (on hiatus). USATF LDR Surveyor. USAT (Elite Rules) CRO/2, NTO/1. RRCA Rep., FL (North). Observer Of The Human Condition.

Friday, January 30, 2009

The Fairness Doctrine

Every so often data gets thrown in your general direction sans context which makes no sense whatsoever, makes you frustrated, & causes you to doubt your abilities. Everyone needs an ear to bend at least once a month; not to try & solve the problem, but to sometimes just listen & to ask questions, forcing the frustrated one to discover clarity. I vaguely recall Parker Palmer writing about such "clearness committees" in his book, The Courage To Teach, which I received as a holiday gift from an old friend I haven't talked with in a long time. I think I owe you a call, Hunter. Blessed are those who provide context, for they right the listing to speak.
I guess you can't call a training group dead if there are eight-to-ten persons training as part of it at least once a week. Stop listening to detractors. You're not (as John Parker, Jr. would say) Once A Runner, just a person with different short-term & intermediate goals. Stop basing your happiness on another persons' expectations. And, regardless of what other people have to say, you are one lucky SOB. Consider the massive list of alternatives.
But, right now, even that doesn't seem a bit fair.

Why is it that I, a guy who won't throw a leg over any bicycle without strapping on a helmet, only wore my seatbelt approximately 30 percent of the time I drove my car? I, mister-living-on-the-edge-of-stoopid-by-not-wearing-a-seatbelt-all-the-time, walk away from a 35 mile-per-hour automobile accident with perhaps a square yard of minor bruises & contusions on my lower torso, some small cuts on my right hand, & a little scrape on my right knee. My seatbelt-wearing, cautious-to-the-point-of-near-paranoia (I say that with much love & appreciation) bride looks like she went 15 rounds with Mike Tyson? Is it to show me the stoopidity of not wearing the devices by displaying the potential damage, which could have been on me, on her?
My own personal clearness committee of two would probably respond, if I were to ask them:
"Is it not more dangerous to drive in this country than to fly in an aircraft?"
"Is life always fair?"

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