Do you enjoy working out at gyms ? They are great places to get fit, and to socialize.
We were excited, in our fishing town, to hear that we were getting a gym !
I am not a gym user; I prefer to dance and twirl hoops and gymnastics ribbons, but I sincerely hoped that the gym would become very popular. It had the latest fitness equipment !
Week after week, I passed the gym, on my short walk to Bonnie’s Flower Shop, and every week I noticed that it was empty, or had maybe one or two exercisers in it.
I decided to conduct a sociological study into why the gym was apparently failing.
I went to visit the gym, which is centrally located in a lovely restored historical building. Most of our picturesque town consists of historic buildings.
There was ample parking at the gym, and the adequate open hours were clearly posted.
Following proper gym etiquette, I carried my dainty pale blue running shoes in a sports bag, so as not to track in any dirt from outside.
A very kind gym attendant showed me how to operate an intimidating looking treadmill. Soon my legs were moving, but I was not going anywhere.
Then, I looked out through the large windows, and realized why the gym was failing.
It overlooked a town cemetery !
Newfoundlanders are intensely superstitious !
I quickly found this out after we moved here from Ontario.
The town planners had completely overlooked our townspeople’s attitude towards cemeteries.
The psychology for motivating people to become fit had not been considered here. People do not like to exercise while looking at gravestones.
I have heard that plans are underway for a new gym at a different location.
We know that the spirit of fear never comes from God. Many people are bound by fears and superstitions that the Lord longs to free them from.
May God grant us the grace to be a source of comfort to people who are becoming increasingly fearful in our society that increasingly choses to ignore God.