It has been a while since I updated The Orange and Lime Green Sherbets, or how things are going with Mistress Sadie.
I will have to admit there was, shall we say, a pall in my resolve.
What with “The Wedding” and so much other stuff going on over the summer I found myself dozing while my life was on autopilot. I had let my guard down and when I awoke from my self-induced stupor I realized the enemy had retaken ground that was hard won the first time.
So there I was, faced with the ultimate decision, what do I do? Do I go ahead and take the easy road back to the couch and give up? Or do I man up and dig down deep inside myself and find the Marine that I once was, pick him up dust him off and between the two of us become the man that I once hoped to be but never have been yet?
To tell you the truth everything within me fought against me this week. Every demon from my past, every failure I have ever experienced popped up and sang its tale of woe, weakness and frustration. All my failures, disappointments, and personal flaws whispered to me to just give up and quit. “It’s not worth it,” they said. “Why even try?” they said. “No one cares about or wants you,” they argued. “What difference will it make?”
It dawned on me, they were absolutely right, “What difference WILL it make?” So I quit arguing, and somewhere deep, deep down inside I started to get angry. I stopped engaging my demons and my failures and my dead dreams, and my personal flaws altogether… and in my mind I stood up, turned around and began walking. They all withstood me, began to taunt and make fun of me until I finally growled, “To hell with all of that, I’m doing this for me!” I don’t care about my failures, or my flaws, or even about what anyone thinks of me! I’m doing this for me, and when it’s done I hope to finally meet the man that I once hoped to be. Not the man someone else wants me to be, but the one who I let life beat down, the one I smothered with religiosity, the one I never allowed myself to be.
Today marks the second day back in actual training mode. I went back to Mistress Sadie and she worked me over for 50 minutes. 35-40 minutes was pumping her as hard as I could go. My heart rate peaked at 180 beats/min. She was glistening with my sweat when I finished. I wiped her down and she knew I was back only now the intensity is greater than before. I’m on a mission.
Somewhere in my encounter with Mistress Sadie today I stepped through a portal in my mind, a portal to the id. I had to find the Marine. I knew he was in there, covered with the sands of my time, the dust and sediment of my life. I sent out a distress signal, that he was needed, that I was reactivating him. If this mission was to succeed I was going to have to have him back. His ability to endure the mental challenges was needed. I realize now that it was I who limited his physical abilities and I was the one who held “him” back.
Somewhere around the 20-minute mark he found me. For a brief shining moment I felt him there; he was there to rescue me. He was there to carry me over the pain threshold and for the next 20 minutes he ran with me as we pushed past levels 8-10 on Sadie as we took the hill of level 12 and reached the summit at level 14 for a couple of minutes. Somewhere during the 5 min cool down he nodded and smiled. I came back to this side of the portal, completely spent but encouraged, knowing the Marine is still with me, “Always Faithful.”
I was able to do one Set of the 14 Fitlinxx stations, then to the steam room to relax, finally shower and leave.
So, here I sit.
I’m not the man I once was. With heaven’s help I will become the man I once hoped to be. Not for anyone else or anyone else’s approval, this time I’m doing it for me. (Now I fully understand the meaning behind James 4:14-16. If the Lord allows me to complete this quest, then so be it.) I have examined my life, weighed it in the balances and it comes up lacking. And if I fail, let me die in the attempt, because that would be preferable to this life of mediocrity I now endure.
I am Persifler, not the man I was, but not yet the man I hope to be.