a thinking exercise: the what ifs

December 3, 2012 in Blog, Body, Causes, Faith, Goals, Inspiration by lindsaymwright

I like to THINK.

My thinking forte:  PSYCHOLOGY.

I’m that cryptic person you see staring off into the distance, trying to figure out WHY someone would choose that outfit/words/action/hairstyle.  WHY they did that, HOW they came to that conclusion.  It’s absolutely fascinating.  Human Psychology.  I think this is why I love training so much.  I’m pretty good at motivating individuals – listening to what makes them “tick” and then choosing the best motivational sentences and phrases that will help them get their workout done.


Like WHY does this picture even exist?!?


Or this one?!

Travis is one of these weird people too.  Except that his thinking forte is MECHANICS.  The WHY’s and HOW’s of physics and engineering.  He likes to take things apart and analyze the inside.  I like to pick apart PEOPLE and analyze their insides.

We make for an exciting couple.

It was my thinking that brought on this post – the What Ifs.  Some of it’s serious, some funny.   All of it meant to make you think.

The What Ifs:

….you’d actually be healthier if you GAINED 5 pounds?

….you could improve your marriage if you put him first and stopped playing the princess?

….life isn’t about getting ahead in anything but happiness and charity?

….this teeny tiny healthy living community is the only one that gives a hoot about clean eating and HIIT and Oxygen magazine?

….we acted more like children and less like ourselves?

….you stopped talking and started doing?

….you spent as much time with God during your day as you do worrying about how you look?

….you could be inspirational by doing less?

->What would happen if you replaced the time you spend worrying about your body/your job/your lawn and focused it ON OTHERS?

->What would happen if you threw out your smartphone and started interacting IN PERSON?

->What would happen if you hugged that person on the street?  Would they hit you?  Would they thank you?


These are the things I think about.  The What Ifs of Body/Soul/Mind.

I’ll admit – I am one of the MOST NAÏVE people you may ever meet.  I know that some of you read those “What Ifs” and scoffed at my naiveté.  Thought, “sure, sure we should do all that.  Now come live in the real world, sweetie.”

The thing is…every single naïve idea comes from a place of innocence rooted in us all. And I’m pretty sure we’re supposed to hold on to that for as long as we can (Matthew 18:3).  To look at the world through rose-colored lenses.

What if life ISN’T about how you’re living it, but something much more?

WHAT IF the things you think are important ….aren’t?

Are we willing to change?  To be uncomfortable?  To start tearing down these idols and direct our THOUGHTS and attention to the things that truly matter?

Are we willing to put ourselves last?  To really think about how we spend our days?

To change would be an awfully big exercise in humility.

Good thing I like exercising.


Day 133 of Tearing Down IdolsYOU IN?

QUESTION:  What is your “thinking forte”?  Give me another “WHAT IF.”