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addictions and millions of little decisions

January 30, 2008

I’ll start off by admitting that my addiction to flica has returned. I thought I was cured of it, but now I seem to spend every minute online searching for better trips, more hours, better overnights, etc…I haven’t even turned on the tv tonight (partially because that’s addictive as well and I can only handle one addiction at a time.) Part of the returned addiction to flica is that my schedule next month had me wasting too much time in terrible places. Have to change that.

Now I’m in Peoria, IL. I was in Moline earlier today and between these two places I can’t remember the last time I was this cold. The worst part is the wind. It’s blowing so hard none of the snow that’s falling can even land on the ground. I’ve never heard of a blizzard where the ground didn’t get covered with snow, but that’s what they’re saying is going to happen tonight. Weird midwesterners… All four of my flights today had terrible turbulence as well (thanks to the wind). I had to stop serving once and nearly spilled coffee all over everything another time.

This trip has been far less eventful than last week’s. Everything has gone mostly according to plan. I’ve actually flown all my flights for a change. Since the first night in Newburgh, NY we’ve been hanging out here in the midwest. My crew is really nice and interesting to talk to. My captain has lost 40lb in the last 4 months. I’ve really enjoyed picking his brain and hearing what he’s learned in the process. I asked him what happened to make him finally lose weight and how he did it. His brother had lost a lot of weight and learned about nutrition and exercise. This made him realize it was possible and gave him the information to do it for himself.

The main thing, though, that has really stuck with me for the last few days was him saying “It isn’t one big decision. It’s a million little decisions every day.” I’ve really thought about that a lot. I seem to think about it every time I put something in my mouth now. I also realized how that is true of every part of our lives. When it comes to practicing your faith, many people have a point where they made a “decision” but it’s really the million little decisions you make every day that determine whether it’s going to last. The same with love. I can tell someone I love them one time, but all the little decisions that I make every day show whether I really love them. It’s been inspiring to me in a lot of ways. I still ate way too much pasta with alfredo sauce tonight, but I skipped the donuts at breakfast yesterday so hopefully it evens out :-P. I think the million little decisions idea is a good way for me to deal with things as well because I tend to get discouraged if I’ve made a big decision (eat healthy) and I eat junk. If I view each decision, each choice, as separate from the last one then if I make a bad one it doesn’t affect the next one. I don’t know if that makes sense, but it does in my head.

I think that’s all for now. I’ll be home tomorrow if all goes to plan. Then I work again Thursday and Friday. I’m enjoying work more this week. Not sure what’s different. It definitely isn’t the weather (though Atlanta did feel wonderful for the 45 minutes I was there today.) Whatever it is, I like it. I hope it stays for a minute.

Currently reading : For Whom the Bell Tolls By Ernest Hemingway

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