Resistance Training by Michael S. Tyrrell
September 18, 2018
Welcome to Tuesday, Wholetonians!
Over the past month or so, I’ve been locked away in a recording studio with my favorite musicians on the planet—Sundui, Dustin, Steve, Brad, and my new friend, Matt Kennedy. When I record, it is like a birth … painful and messy, yet magnificent. Each song is like a child, possessing its own personality, character, and frequency. I am listening to the music right now as I write and can tell you that I have never heard anything like it before.
I want to prepare you for this project, but it’s no use since I am still overwhelmed! The moment I can share Wholetones Active with the world cannot come soon enough. Of course, when it’s time to release it, you will be the first to hear. But that’s not all. In addition to the new album, I’ll have more HUGE news to share in the next few weeks. Prepare to be amazed! Remember, if you want to change the world, you will encounter challenges. However, those who endure until the end will receive a crown of victory. That leads us to this week’s musing, “Resistance Training.”
Nothing worthwhile ever comes without a challenge. We are often told that resistance is evil, of the devil, or some other negative connotation. Actually, just the opposite is true: resistance makes you stronger! Swimming against a strong current, climbing a mountain, weight training, running against the wind—these are all various types of resistance training. There is a popular saying: “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” That, my friends, is the truth. As with change, nobody enjoys resistance while they are going through it, but everyone enjoys the results! Let me give you an example of the “resistance training” I encountered during my studio experience.
To begin, you never know exactly how long a recording project is going to take, but when it’s finished, it’s finished. My journey involved driving 22 hours to get to Dallas to record, then spending time in the recording studio, then driving 22 hours to get back home only to fly to Philadelphia 3 days later, then turning around and flying back to Dallas to mix the music. My flight made it all the way to the Dallas/Fort Worth airspace when the captain got on the intercom and announced, “The airport is shut down due to a storm, and we are low on fuel, so we are being diverted to Houston.”
Long story short (yes, it’s a long story!), since my airline didn’t normally fly from Houston to Dallas, they simply issued me a ticket to fly back home to Florida the next day. Which meant I wouldn’t be able to get back to do the mix-down in Dallas before our studio time was up. I went on to my hotel room in Houston, but about 1 a.m., I woke up and said aloud, “No. I will not give up, and I am not flying home. I will finish this project if I have to walk to Dallas.”
The next day, a kind ticket agent at another airline (that flies between Dallas and Houston) lead me to the right manager at my airline and the two of them worked together to get me on a flight to Dallas with a ticket home a couple of days later. I made it!
Afterwards, I kept asking God the same question, over and over, “What was that all about? Though God is certainly under no obligation to explain Himself to me, He soon made the reason for the delay abundantly clear. As we cleared out of the studio, another band started loading in, perfect timing! But that was just the beginning … I soon started seeing emails and social media blurbs saying, “Happy New Year! Happy Rosh Hashanah!” I was shocked to realize that Wholetones Active had finally been completed on Rosh Hashanah (the beginning of the Jewish new year).
Very cool, right? Here’s the rest of the story. EVERY Wholetones project has been finished on a high holy day on the Hebrew calendar, without ever having been planned that way. The first Wholetones project was completed on Passover. When I asked God again, “So, what was the whole Houston detour about?” I immediately got my answer. Had I arrived in Dallas a day earlier (as planned), I would have finished the day before Rosh Hashanah! Instead, I finished right on time.
Dear friends, delays are not denials, sometimes our momentary inconveniences are merely the resistance training necessary to position us to see a miracle. Until next week …
Michael S. Tyrrell
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