Egyptian street art people puppets


April 3, 2017 | Andrew Mann | Church

Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust. Zig Ziglar

Recently I considered joining a new gym. It was about a fifteen minute drive from my apartment. On my first arrival they directed me to a salesman. His spiel didn’t convince me; frankly, I loath sales tactics that prey on the most base aspects of human tendencies. Also, I considered the cost too high. I walked away.

On further research I found a free, five-day trial for the same gym so I went back. I tried Zumba . . .not for me! The spinning class though was right up my alley. I haven’t joined yet because honestly I’m slow to join any group. However, I probably will join that gym sometime soon. The cost doesn’t seem so high anymore, and I’m beginning to believe they have something meaningful to offer me. It wasn’t their words that convinced me; it was the service they gave me for free.

Street art Dubai kids with bike tire artist Ernest Zacharevic

A Lesson from Spinning

March 12, 2017 | Andrew Mann | Church

There’s power in a group.

I enjoy cycling. Several years ago I endeavored to cycle for a month by myself. Intending to travel from Boise to Yellowstone, I only made it to Idaho Falls. Then, I yelled, “Mayday!” Fortunately a friend from Boise came to my rescue and picked me up one week into my journey.

I realized that I enjoy cycling but not cycling alone. When I was getting ready for my monthlong bike trek, I bought a trainer for my apartment. This is a device I can connect to my bike and cycle within the confines of my small living room. I tried it a few times, and now it sits in my closet. It was boring and I lacked motivation. Yet the other day, when I went to the gym, I did something similar. I got on a bike and pedaled. This time, though, was different from my apartment. I pushed myself; I enjoyed myself! What was different? I was in a spinning class with a group of others doing the same as me. I found power in that group, power to endure despite pain and resistance. This group wasn’t big, but I didn’t need it to be.