Dave Ramsey first introduced me to the phrase “gazelle intensity” during his Financial Peace University course. He referenced it to frame how individuals should approach the problem of (or goal of) getting out of debt. Just as a gazelle must run at top speed when threatened by a cheetah, we can also use that same intensity level to accomplish our goals. I’ve been thinking about that phrase a lot as I do my daily exercise routines. It’s getting hot and generally miserable out there, but I’m determined to stay the course and continue to build on past successes.
I would say that we all have goals and unless those goals are “relaxation” perhaps, then we probably exhibit a little of that gazelle intensity to make things happen faster. Of course we don’t always do that for a variety of reasons. Regardless, it’s something to draw upon when working towards a goal and I appreciate the introduction to the concept by Dave.
 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” – Matthew 28:5 (NIV)
He is risen and now we walk in a new life.
Hard to believe that the Music for Kids program is almost over for Maggie. I can’t really remember a time when one of our kids wasn’t in the music program. Just before graduation from the program, the teacher holds a final “scales contest” that gives the students an opportunity to compete for a very nice trophy. It’s really a competition that tests the student’s technical abilities. Both Emma and Quinn won the trophy when they finished the program. The teacher really makes a big deal of the competition and highlights it for several months.
Maggie has been practicing every day for at least a month (probably longer). She has been working so hard on it and it paid off! Going into the competition she considered herself a long shot for first, but was trying to close the perceived distance between herself and the other student. She was so excited to show me her trophy and tell me that she placed 1st! To celebrate, we went out to eat at Chili’s and I picked up some Dutch chocolate ice cream on the way home. Congratulations Maggie and I hope you have plenty of success in your musical future.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Read Isaiah 53
He died for me (and you).
Whew! Made it past National Liars Day (a.k.a. National Don’t Trust the Internet Day). I thought it goofy that Microsoft released information about the Surface 3 the day before. Why release any new product close to April Fool’s Day? That’s just messed up. Anyway, we can get back our normal routine.
I didn’t really look at too much, but Maggie did catch me looking at Bungie’s dancing guardian for Destiny. I made the mistake of showing her Cute Cloud on the Bing site. I got a chuckle out of Office for Cats (probably because we have one… a cat, not the fake software product). Google was creative with their Pac Man on your own street. My least favorite, but most enlightening one was Amazon’s retro page. Wow, I didn’t realize that web design had come so far but that was a real eye opener. I would have been less irritated by it if I had realized that you just had to click to make it go away. I was actually looking for a specific link. Dolt.
Connie got her call from her brother that just loves April 1st. He again tried to put one over on her, but he’s way to consistent with his calls for her to fall for that. Okay, back to other matters.