Thursday, May 27, 2010

In Cars

They say true photographers always carry a camera with them wherever they go. Well, today I happened to have mine in the back seat of my car.

I pull up to a stoplight and looked to my left. Lo and behold there was a gargantuan forest green semi-ancient-really-cool truck with a pit bull with a melancholic gaze resting his head on the opened window's sill. It was too perfect! A true Kodak moment!

At first I tried to be all stealthy-like and snap a photo unawares- but each time I'd bring the camera up to my eye the light would turn green and all I'd capture was blurry streaks of green...

I kept pace with that truck for a good 3 minutes-- finally we both pulled up to a light just turning red. I asked the man if I could take a picture of his dog and the result made me so happy that I drooled on myself! (Really!)

On a spiritual note, I've had so many prayers answered this week and so many happy shiny moments. I thank Heavenly Father for every bit of it!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Muscle Your Life.

This morning my brother was updating me on his mission to become the next Mr. America. (That's not how he phrased it though--) You see, he has more muscle mass in his little pinky finger than the whole Altier family combined. (OK, that's another exaggeration, as ALL the boys in my immediate family are super buff!)

Justin was informing me that the other day, he did 8, then 6, then 3 push-ups (in a row). (I know what you're thinking, "big deal. I can do that too.") But here's the crazy part: he had a grown woman sitting on his back!!! Yowsers! Just 3 weeks ago he could barely do 2 (with a grown woman on his back). (Where does he find these women???)

"My, my!" I exclaimed. What a quick advance in such a short period of time!" "Not really." "Why not?" "Because, he explained, our bodies are capable of so much more than we usually subject them to. When we attempt something for the first time, it comes as such a shock to what our body, (and brain), that our brain tells us we can't do it. When we persist, that is when our brain begins to get used to the new activity, and can prepare for the next time, even recruit previously unused muscles that were laying dormant."

This line of reasoning resonated with me. It parallels so nicely with life! We are capable of so much more than our usual groove. Is there something you've been wanting to attempt, but feel it's just not possible? Give it a shot! You will find inner resources and those from without to help you form new habits. Realize your possibilities. ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD. When possibility jives with necessity, God steps in and helps.

Much Love!