My bestie and I attended the 6:40 class tonight. The room was small, carpeted, mirrored ceiling to floor with a long ballet bar across the wall. Very simple. We briefly met the cheery instructor and grabbed a resistance band, light weight medicine ball and the tiniest weights I’ve ever seen…were they 1 lb? I think so. I was thinking, “Wow, this is gonna be easy peezy,” as Dray likes to say. I almost considered grabbing the heavier weights but the instructor insisted with our first time to take the smaller ones. Now, I am not by any means a “fit” person. I workout a few times a week. I jog, take hot yoga, lift a little. I am thin. I like to think somewhat toned. But fit is something I aspire to be. Still I thought this was going to be a breeze. I skipped stretching. Easy Peezy.
The music started and the instructor put on her mic. I almost was giggling because at first I felt like we were in a Richard Simmons aerobic video. Knees up and down while lifting our hands over our head and down to our sides. ..”and 1 and 2, ” she said. And so on. Soon I was mistaken. This was not easy and I was not laughing. We did a ton of different things. Putting the ball between our thighs, holding onto the bar while standing on our tippy toes and squatting. Arm workouts that were so intense I had to put down the 1 lb weights. Yes, put down the tiniest weights I had ever seen. All kinds of ab work to the point of my whole body shaking while trying to hold the move. It was not what I had imagined at all.
When class was over we chatted again with the instructor and she asked what we thought. We both felt like it was a great workout and much more difficult than it appeared to be beforehand. All in all I would definitely go back. Good experience. And I can see how people start seeing results after just 6 or 7 classes. And also why it would have been good to stretch. 🙂
Going into the class, I assumed since it looked simple and easy that it would be. I was wrong. Things are not always what they seem. It’s very important to remember this in life.
Maybe your neighbor pulls in the driveway driving a brand new Audi and you are envious and think they probably have an inheritance of some sort. When in reality, maybe their marriage is on the line and out of resentment the husband went out in bought the new car his wife never wanted him to have. Or maybe its simply a very deserved reward from an employer for a year of hard work in their company. Maybe your annoyed that your co-worker who holds the same position as you comes in late a lot, yet no one seems to notice that not only she is never there on time but that you are always on time. When really she’s late because her mother is ill and she’s taking care of her each morning and she has to help get her ready and prepare her things for the day.
I think its very important to be careful what we assume, pass judgement on, or jump to conclusions about. Believing the best in people is something I am working on. Trying not to dwell on things I can’t control. Or people who are unhappy in their life and so they want to rain on your parade. You never really know what someone’s situation is, what their struggles are, or what they may be dealing with behind close doors.
I would definitely want someone to believe the best in me before assuming something about a situation. The cool thing is, God really does believe the best about us. He created us and so he doesn’t assume, He knows. Because we were created in His image. Jesus was known for hanging out with the poor, the hated tax collectors, the people that others looked down upon. He wasn’t above being around them and he definitely wasn’t pointing out their flaws or jumping to conclusions about their intentions.
This week I am going to try to think before I speak. I just might save myself some unnecessary frustration or in the case of tonight, some really sore muscles. 🙂
Check out this neat story below!
Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room. Instead, the angels were given a small space in the cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied, “Things aren’t always what they seem.”
The next night, the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had, the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night’s rest. When the sun came up the next morning, the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field. The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel, How could you have let this happen? The first man had everything, yet you helped him,” she accused. “The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die.”
“Things aren’t always what they seem,” the older angel replied. “When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn’t find it.” “Then last night as we slept in the farmer’s bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead. Things aren’t always what they seem.”