20 July 2009

Peace, Prayer, and People

I mentioned before that I am currently participating in a ladies Bible Study. We are currently working through the study "the Frazzled Female, Finding Peace in the Midst of Daily Life" by Cindi Wood. I have really been enjoying the study. God has really been teaching me. It was kind of funny last week that while I was on vacation the focus of the study was living at peace with other people.

Romans 12:18 says "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."

I really felt like that I was and have been doing that. On day 3 I couldn't even think of anyone that was driving me nuts that I need to be praying for! Well, I kept praying about that and God showed me someone this week! I'm really glad I did this study last week and had some time to pray about it before I got annoyed! Apparently God knew that I needed processing time in order to be able to control my mouth!

At the gym there is this woman (I need to learn her name), that drives me crazy! In the group fitness room there are two big fans in the front right and left corners and above the fans are where the sound speakers are mounted. This woman always sets up right in front of the fans. I think she thinks that they are specifically there for just her. I always think, if you would wear something other than sweat pants and maybe put your hair up then you wouldn't have to set up just short of actually getting INTO the fan!

Okay, I know you are thinking....seriously, why does this bother you? Well, my problem comes in with her NON-stop complaining to the instructors about the volume of the music. HELLO, LADY, if you weren't on top of the fan then you wouldn't be standing there with your ear practically against the SPEAKER!

I know, still not enough? Apparently I forgot to mention that she always smokes a cigarette or twelve before she comes into the gym to work out. And then by setting up on top of the fan then fills the room with the secondary smoke on her clothes! I mean, I understand that everyone needs a way to die, mine will probably be saturated fats that kill me, others are clean eaters that are uber fit but they tan so skin cancer will kill them, and smoking will probably kill her. But my point is that I DON'T WANT TO SMELL YOUR SMOKE! I can handle her being a fan hog, I can tolerate the unnecessary complaining about the volume, but my sinuses get irritated every time I accidentally end up on your half of the room!

I know you are thinking, just set up on the other half of the room. Yeah, that would be great except she is usually a little late (probably because she is getting in one last cigarette!) and I never know which side of the room she will choose! I would hate to be THAT obvious as to pick up my step and move to the other half of the room!

I am praying for her so that I can adjust my attitude. I need to learn her name and I need to make sure that I don't end up saying something tacky to her. Who do you need to be praying for? Oh and please tell me that you have a gym pet peeve too!


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7 comments:

Cheryl said...

Ha, that is hilarious, and so true!! The gym comes with many many peeves....I have learned to just adapt or else my gym experience is ruined. Don't sweat the small stuff (ha ha)

My biggest peeve are those gronks that stack the weights on the leg press machine and then leave them there.... like I want to remove 6 45 lbs plates of yours.....we all know you are a very strong man...now show some respect and get over yourself! Not that I ever told him that!! I did complain to the gym staff though and had them remove the plates for me.

Good luck!!

Cheryl said...

Ha, that is hilarious, and so true!! The gym comes with many many peeves....I have learned to just adapt or else my gym experience is ruined. Don't sweat the small stuff (ha ha)

My biggest peeve are those gronks that stack the weights on the leg press machine and then leave them there.... like I want to remove 6 45 lbs plates of yours.....we all know you are a very strong man...now show some respect and get over yourself! Not that I ever told him that!! I did complain to the gym staff though and had them remove the plates for me.

Good luck!!

Elaine A. said...

Yeah, I have a gym pet peeve - extremely fit women with great legs that parade themselves around. ; ) Ha, just kidding... sort of.

Smoking woman would TOTALLY bug me too. So sorry you have to deal with that...

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

OMG that is so funny.

Maybe you could become her good friend and "save" her a spot on the side of the room that you won't be on! LOL

Kami's Khlopchyk said...

Oh that was drive me batty! I think she should learn to be aware of others and their needs too!

Great vent, sometimes that's all it takes. Well that a whole lot of prayer NOT to throttle her.

Sab said...

Sorry, but that is kinda funny! I don't have any gym pet peeves to tell of... because I work out at home. My only one would be that my baby girl seems to think I'm a jungle gym while I work out, but that's actually quite hilarious instead of annoying!

Jamie said...

lol! ok- so i was reading and got to the part about a girl at the gym and i was thinking please don't let it be me!!! I think I know who the fan lady is!