The Men… Chapter 3 (cont)From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and thanks for coming by for more of “The Men in and out of Her Life.” We were right in the midst of a conversation that Lacey is having with another man who is currently in her life. We’re about to get an inside view of his thoughts. Is he there to stay? Grab your coffee and come on in. 🙂

She was doing it again, making him feel six feet tall instead of his unfortunate 4’11.” He looked up at her and saw her trainer walking up behind her. “Hey, here comes the slave driver. You better get going.”

Lacey turned and saw Harrison walking towards her.

“You ready, Lacey?”

The hard tone of voice and the hardness of his stare, which definitely matched his hard body, told Lacey that he hadn’t had a good day and he was in one of his moods. She turned to Seth, “I think this one’s going to hurt, but I’d better get it over with.”

Seth laughed and looked at Harrison. “Have fun, but don’t hurt her too badly.” Harrison finally smiled and tapped him on the back. “Take care, Seth.”

Lacey leaned into Seth. “Thanks a lot. I’ll talk to you later, if he doesn’t kill me, that is.” She followed Harrison and they stopped at the free weight section. He handed her two free weights, fifteen pounds each.

“We’re going to work shoulders and abs today. Have you done your cardio yet?”

“I did thirty minutes this morning.”

“Then you have thirty more to do tonight,” Harrison said a little gruffly.

The way he was acting reminded Lacey of their first session. He had come off so arrogant and ticked off at the world that Lacey had nearly cancelled her remaining sessions. Looking back on it now, she was glad she hadn’t. She had pushed through a couple of trainings with him, and after that, he seemed to warm up to her. Lacey had learned a lot about him in the few months they’d been training together. Not only was he gorgeous on the outside — best described as short and stocky with brown hair, huge brown eyes and a great smile with perfect teeth — he was also funny at times and very honest, sometimes painfully so, which made the decision to compete in the Ms. Fitness contest a bit easier. He certainly wouldn’t have recommended her entering it if he didn’t believe in her, and Lacey knew him well enough now to know he would never let her get up on stage and make a fool of herself.

“Lacey, are you paying attention?”

“Sorry. I was just reminiscing about the first few training sessions. You seem as grumpy now as you did then. Is everything okay?”

Harrison shook his head and smiled.

“What’s so funny?”

“I remember thinking that you had a chip on your shoulder, too. But look how far you’ve come, Girl,” he said. “This competition is already proving to be good for you. Remember, it’s not the prize but the journey you embark upon to attain the prize. Now let’s get these shoulders burning.”

Well, this is the best place to stop so I can give you something to think about. Have you ever done that; formulated an opinion about someone before really getting to know them and find out they are not who or what or how you thought they were? Oh, I’ve had that piece of humble pie way too often but I am learning to eat it less and less.

I’ve learned that most of the time, things are never as they appear, and that’s the same with people. We don’t have that bird’s eye view into a person’s heart. Lacey actually benefited by not reacting to her initial opinion of her trainer, Harrison.

May I encourage you to do the same today when you come across someone really grumpy or just plain rude? Give them the benefit of the doubt and turn the sugar on. You just may be surprised, if not this time, maybe the next.

Make it a great day!



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