Thursday, February 25, 2021 (Day 56)
Meditation Music: Through My Eyes: Liquid Mind (6:45) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KIh20IZo1Q
Question: How do you think your past defines who you are today?
Answer: My past has definitely defined who I am today. Everything that I do today has been impacted by things that have happened in the past. For example, how I was treated as a child significantly impacted how I treated my daughters while they were growing up, especially in how they were punished and how they were praised for great effort. I also know the relationships I’ve had with my family and friends has influenced my present relationships. For example, people who know me know that I can’t stand the holidays – especially between Halloween and Valentine’s Day. I had some “issues” about the holidays growing up; and those past issues continue to affect how I loathe the holidays today. One of the more interesting things that my wife and I talked about earlier this week was the fact that I have a VERY HIGH tolerance for pain. Growing up, when I would get spanked, I wouldn’t cry, which would make my dad spank me even harder. In addition, I’ve broken fingers, wrists, ankles, even my jaw. Now, it would take a life-threatening situation to get me to even share that something hurts. Just deal with it and move on. The last thing I’ll share is my love for sports. I collected sports cards starting in middle school and up through college. I LOVED memorizing statistics of players, in all sports. Don’t know why, I just did. I spent hours reading the back of cards, not only reading the stats, but also checking out their biographies. And today, I still spend at least 30-60 minutes a day checking out ESPN/com – focused mostly on the sport stories and the statistics. I guess some things never die.