by John Cloninger, One-Way Stop Administrator
“During my junior year of college, I initiated a venture that tested my patience, rung my motivation, and stretched my mind. I intended it to be for my own good; I assured myself it would benefit me long-term. I insisted, “When you are 40 years old, you will be thanking yourself.”
In retrospect, this venture strengthened my patience, grew my motivation, and expanded my mind. It proved beneficial, and I am certain it effected me long-term – I thank myself today. Prior to my experience, I lived in the shadow of my potential: I lived unaware of my capabilities. Many of us are capable of things greater than we perceive. It is as though our subconscious disrupts any inkling of motivation to experience our true potential. Unless one is perfect, he has room for improvement; I found room in my health – do you have any hidden space to fill?” – from Living Well: My Personal Story
Faith and fortitude form the cornerstone of my being. Faith, in Christ, builds the foundation of my spirit; fortitude, in body and mind, builds upon that groundwork, erecting an ever growing house for His spirit and mine to dwell therein. My health and fitness journey strengthened my body, character, and spirit – which are results I had not expected to arise out of a college-bound gym exhibition. I learned to care more for my studies as a student and for the people traversing through life alongside me. A personal blog, One-Way Stop, began as a means of sharing those thoughts during both the accelerated and dilapidating periods of my growth.
About One-Way Stop:
One-Way Stop seeks to provoke thought and connect learning, loving, and living. One-Way Stop developed while I was routinely driving home one morning: I stopped at a stop sign and noticed that stop signs are never, or rarely, less than two. We (or perhaps, only I do) stop at interceptions to halt for traffic and/or make decisions for turns; this alluded in my mind to the life-choices we face, which often metaphorically reflect “intersections.” I asked myself, “How often to people stop for the sole purpose of thinking?” We get busy, or stuck in routine, but do not stop for fear of losing time or direction. In reality, sometimes we need to stop so we can: be thankful, gain our bearings, and remember who we are. One-Way Stop seeks to embody the stopped mind for the benefit of thinking, meditating, and learning (about oneself and others); all which represent our stepping back from our lives at hand to see better the way things are.
Water-Tight Tethers: Surviving Peace before the Storm, from Love Well
Draped with Chains: The Important Thing I Allowed Myself to Lose, from Live Well
Mirror Image: Meeting New People, from Love Well
Unwrapping Time: Living Present, from Live Well