Remember this number – 1929…
Stick around, that will mean something here shortly and even relate to your health 🙂
I’ve recently “renovated” my office at the gym and if you’ve stopped by you’ve probably noticed the “new” desk.
It’s a beautiful desk – solid, extraordinary details, sturdy.
This desk means a lot more to me than just simply a place to get work done. It was my Uncle Roger’s desk, and when he passed away it became mine.
My Uncle Roger and Aunt Alice were very special people to me. They lived part of the year in Fountain Hills, Arizona and the other part in Laguna Beach, California. Because I grew up and lived in Oregon I rarely got to see them for much of my early life.
But they had a profound impact on me. When I made the decision to go to George Fox University (College back then), they wanted to help. We formed a special bond then as I proceeded through my education and then spiritual maturing. They even helped us get our first house with a special loan. And when we moved to Tucson we were able to spend more time with them and introduce them to our oldest daughter Asianna since she was born during our time there right before moving back to Denver. They taught me much about loving God, Christian maturity and having a servant’s heart.
Fast forward to one of the bigger decisions of my life nine years ago – packing up our family and moving to Kaua’i. It wasn’t until we started packing our Oregon life into the 40 foot container that I saw it.
I had taken out the middle drawer to be able to get under the desk to lift it and that’s when I noticed this inscription: “Made by W.E. Wilcox in Pasadena Junior College Shops 1929.”
Mind you I had the desk shipped from Arizona to Oregon and sitting in my home office all this time and had never noticed it. I just assumed it was a nice desk that Roger had bought at some point.
I sat there in disbelief for a good 5 minutes. To think that something with so much quality and endurance to not only survive the moves but still look fantastic, was built by my Uncle’s Dad in a shop class 80 years ago (at that point) was just incredible.
Well here we are nearly 90 years later, and we have something that has stood the test of time. Something that was built with so much quality and precision, and in a junior college shop class no less.
Naturally it got me thinking about life in general, and the times I actually did get to spend with Alice and Roger and how much they blessed my life.
But as a fitness professional, it also got me thinking about fitness and health. It raised a few questions for me and I wanted to share:
- Are you putting in the work for the long-term? Is what you’re doing now built to last?
- Are you taking the time to build the habits that will transform your life well into old age?
- Are you investing yourself into the details?
- Are you taking a long-term perspective or a short-timers mentality?
- Are you willing to put your stamp on your journey and own it? So that 90 years from now someone will marvel at the healthy, sturdy lifestyle you built and the legacy you left because of it.
Lipstick on a pig?
Or are we instead going through the motions without ever really investing ourself into the process?
Do we jump ship to the latest fad, or diet, or workout, or gym because after a little while “this just isn’t working for me”, when in reality I’m the one not actually working by staying committed to one thing long enough to actually see the results? (hey I’ve been guilty of this as well)
Well the good news is that unlike a desk that once built is in its final state, your body, your health and your lifestyle can be changed in the present.
Sure you can always rub a little polish on a desk that’s worn down. But if the details in the construction are lacking you’re still just putting lipstick on a pig 🙂
And likewise you can always take shortcuts to “look good” in the near-term, but you’re just delaying the inevitable decline into poor health if you don’t address the underlying details.
Every day you have the opportunity to start new, to get a little better, to keep the end in mind, and to build a healthy lifestyle that will last.
What will you choose?
RIP Uncle Roger – thank you for all the life lessons, wrapped up and packaged nicely in a beautifully transformed piece of wood.
P.S. If you’re not sure where to start just shoot me a message to see how I can help.