Drowning In Your Sorrows…

Written by mitch on. Posted in Uncategorized

If you ever want to know just how out of shape you are just head for the pool. I don’t mean one of those rinky-dink pools in a backyard somewhere. I’m talking about a serious pool. One of those fifteen or twenty-five-yarders! Then, dement yourself into believing you can actually do laps: as in more than one.

If you really want to torment yourself, meet one of your clients there… someone you’ve known for decades, someone who can swim laps until you get tired of watching, and then get in the water with him! Oh, and then break your glasses just to add insult to injury.

That’s what I did this morning and despite the fact that I am sore: my body, and bruised: my ego, I’ll probably do it again tomorrow morning because I’m certain there can be only one of two possible outcomes. Either I will drown and have nothing to worry about. Or, I will eventually build up enough stamina (and, wind) to get better. Now, before I go any further, I don’t have any illusions about what ‘better’ means. To me, it means just a hair better than today. No unrealistic expectations here, just a profound respect for my son who managed to swim intervals for twenty-five hundred yards the other day.

I’ll do it because I really liked the way I felt after I got out of the pool. Particularly, the fact that no one had to pull me off the bottom. Although, my body was sore and my lungs were burning – I felt pretty good: good because the endorphins were lying to my central nervous system and good because I actually dragged myself out of bed at 0:Dark:30 in the morning and was at the “Y” at 5:50 A.M., ten minutes before they opened. Now, all I’ve got to do is create a string of mornings like this.

My attitude is simple… If the kid can do it: I can do it. And, if it isn’t this it will be something else. In fact, I think I’ll go home and change and head for Krav tonight just to see if I can survive that… again!

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I am a fourth generation, forty-sixy year veteran of the automotive aftermarket: an ASE Certified Master Technician, Service Consultant and Approved Automotive Manager. I grew up in this business with a passion for all things mechanical, particularly those things relating to performance. That passion grew to include all aspects of management, leadership and personal development with a special focus on every day shop operations which resulted in an eight-volume series on automotive shop management published by Cengage Learning and Thomson Publishing. I have been a trade journalist writing to the aftermarket for almost thirty years, devoting my professional life to improving both the image and experience of everyone struggling to succeed in the service industry and I've worked diligently to improve communication and increase understanding between all segments of my industry. This site and everything on it is both an extension and a continuation of those efforts

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