The last few years I’ve been doing 1-2 spartan races year. I find it a really good way of testing my fitness and it gets me outside.
This is one of my favourite short stories by Ajahn Brahm. It Highlights to me about people sacrificing family and friendship for work at what sometimes can be a large cost.
The Mexican fisherman In a quiet Mexican fishing village, an American on vacation was watching a local fisherman unload his morning catch. The American, a successful professor at a prestigious US business school, couldn’t resist giving the Mexican fisherman a little bit of free advice. ‘Hey!’ began the American. ‘Why are you finishing so early?’ ‘Since I have caught enough fish, Señor,’ replied the genial Mexican, ‘enough to feed my family and a little extra to sell. Now I will take some lunch with my wife and, after a little siesta in the afternoon, I will play with my children. Then, after dinner, I will go to the cantina, drink a little tequila and play some guitar with my friends. It is enough for me, Señor.’ ‘Listen to me, my friend,’ said the business professor. ‘
If you stay out at sea until late afternoon, you will easily catch twice as much fish. You can sell the extra, save up the money, and in six months, maybe nine, you’ll be able to buy a bigger and better boat and hire some crew. Then you’ll be able to catch four times as many fish. Think of the extra money you will make! In another year or two, you will have the capital to buy a second fishing boat and hire another crew. If you follow this business plan, in six or seven years you will be the proud owner of a large fishing fleet. Just imagine that! Then you should move your head office to Mexico City, or even to LA. After only three or four years in LA, you float your company on the stockmarket giving yourself, as CEO, a generous salary package with substantial share options. In a few more years — listen to this! — you initiate a company share buy-back scheme, which will make you a multi-millionaire! Guaranteed! I’m a well-known professor at a US business school. I know these things.’
The Mexican fisherman listened thoughtfully at what the animated American had to say. When the professor had finished, the Mexican asked him, ‘But, Señor Professor, what will I do with so many millions of dollars?’ Surprisingly, the American professor hadn’t thought the business plan through that far. So he quickly figured out what a person would do with millions of dollars. ‘Amigo! With all that dough, you can retire. Yeah! Retire for life. You can buy a little villa in a picturesque fishing village like this one, and purchase a small boat for going fishing in the morning. You can have lunch with your wife every day, and a siesta afterwards with nothing to worry you. In the afternoon you can spend quality time with your kids and, after dinner in the evening, play guitar with your friends in the cantina, drinking tequila. Yeah, with all that money, my friend, you can retire and take it easy.’
‘But, Señor Professor, I do all that already.’ Why do we believe that we have to work so hard and get rich first, before we can find contentment?
Ajahn Brahm – Opening the Door to Of Your Heart
I was thinking the other day about the influence of technology on modern society. Something that has been discussed many times across social media, news, schools and within homes regularly.
We all comment about how ‘others’ can’t seem to live without phones, but the reality is, is that most of us fit this category. We’re constantly on edge waiting for that next notification, or checking just in case the notification didn’t work.
This is one of my favourite YouTube videos to date about things that are going on in the world with addiction and social media. It’s worth the watch.
If you have a family with Children who use iPads and iPhones this maybe helpful. Today Apple released iOS 12, one of the biggest features is a new thing called ScreenTime.
ScreenTime allows you to monitor and control when your children can use the devices along with which apps, for example you can block games across the day except between 4pm and 5pm or allow them only 30 minutes across the week. After this time is used it will disable the app. Its a very easy way to control your Childs use of the device. There are now no excuses for kids being on devices late at night when they shouldn’t be.
The best part of this is that you can control it from your own device, so you don’t even need to physically use their iPad. Along with this you get a weekly report of how they are using the devices – what times, which apps and how often they pick up the device.
I found a guide here which shows you how to set it up. Before you do this, your devices need to be updated to iOS 12.
I noticed the other week that I wasn’t timing my jumps very well, so that has been my work in progress. This was a session from this morning, we were doing some clean complexes and finished with some singles. Last week we did a 1rm test and I did a PB of 102.5kg (225 lbs).
Just under 2 years ago I started CrossFit, I weighed 82.2kg and was 21.4% (17.6kg) body fat with 37kg of muscle. I thought I was fit… Fast forward to last weekend and I’m about the same weight 81kg, but 11.9% (9.7kg) body fat with 42.1kg of muscle. Following CrossFit Box Hill’s Healthy Habits Program since January and training program has brought the biggest changes.
We started the next part of the goals last weekend, to hit 10% by the end of the year by adjusting the food even further. Cutting out the processed food, more importantly sugar has been the best change physically and mentally. But it’s worth it!
Over Head Squat during Open 2018
I came across and interesting iOS application last week for creating and distributing podcasts easily across all major platforms including iTunes, Google Podcasts & Spotify.
It’s called AnchorFM and is available for free on all iOS devices. It has an easy way for recording segments, transition music and getting listeners to call-in. The quality seems pretty reasonable, though an external microphone would still help.
There is even the option to do it through a web browser at http://anchor.fm
It’s worth checking out if your a little interested in creating your on podcast, maybe I’ll do one soon! Oh, and its free to distribute!