I find God in nature and music.

As is often the unfortunate case these days, when tragedy strikes (from nature or humans), we must all rush to social media to state our opinions.

One thing I have noticed the last 5 or so years is the amount of people who rage against “thoughts and prayers.” ‘Fuck your thoughts and prayers’ is trending on the Twitsville. I’m old so I can’t wrap my head around that thought process but ya know, freedom of speech and all.

Here’s the deal, sending thoughts and prayers for those in need in any situation only holds power to those who are believers in God and His promises. I happen to be one. I have seen and felt the power of prayer and I mostly keep that to myself because I don’t need to virtue signal my beliefs at every street corner. I have had small town busy bodies say that they’ll pray for me and an instant ‘fuck yourself’ forms in my brain but hopefully stops there and I have had others tell me they’re praying for me and I am comforted. Situational.

What I DO know is that while prayer can bring comfort, it does not wipe away pain. Cuz we’re human and humans feel pain. Anger can mask it for a time, but at some point y’all are going to have to deal with the pain underneath. There are many instances where ALL we can do is pray and for those who do not value this power, they don’t understand. I get it. I don’t understand the Cloud, we all have our crosses to bear. I don’t rail about it (FUCK YOUR CLOUD!) I just understand that this is a thing and cool.

And to those who want to say, “Ya butt the cloud is real and your God isn’t”, I reply with, “Oh yes He is you poopoo head.” People believe a vegan diet is healthy, you can’t fix everybody.

For believers, this one anyway, sending prayerful energy through the universe to a person or event is powerful. You can disagree, you’re wrong, but you can disagree. You do not hold the power to take this away from me. Sorry not sorry.

There are people who, while sending prayers, are also working in their corners of the universe to make the world better and some who send prayers and need to focus on their own survival. Both are okay.

Stop being such judgemental pricks, let people be comforted as they see fit.

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

Buddhist Proverb

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to jep6095@gmail.com At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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