Category Archives: Life Lesson

You can learn from anything if you allow yourself to learn. I’ve allowed myself to learn life lessons, one stride at a time, from those quiet, solitary times on the road.

Day 114. Life Lesson From Running

Life Lesson #114

Whatever you do, be healthy enough to do it for as long as you want to do it. Maintain your health and wellness so that you can enjoy life to its fullest. Take care of yourself so you won’t have a need to take off any days.

For a runner, this means paying attention to the normal bumps and bruises you’d expect from 35-mile week totals versus tingling and pains that simply never go away. Not a runner? If you are the lead in the high school musical, take heed from Canadian icon Celine Dion. She actually stops talking. She zips it after a show. I believe she doesn’t speak for at least a few days. Some would wish she zipped it permanently, but that’s a different story.

Want proof that it works? Compare Celine Dion’s voice to Whitney Houston’s. One person took care of their gift while the other took it for granted. One is still performing in Ceasar’s and the other is a “what if” scenario. What if she didn’t marry Bobby Brown. (Sorry Bobby, but it’s true). What if she didn’t start using drugs. In this case, the score is Canada (1), United States (0). But in this case, everybody lost because Whitney’s choices killed her and the world lost a voice that will never be replaced.

Now if you’ve never seen a turntable and if you don’t know what sound your computer makes when trying to log on through a 28K modem, or if you’ve never carried a pager, you may not appreciate the significance of protecting your gift. But for those of us that experienced Whitney in her prime, 50 yard yard of Superbowl XXV (Tampa, Florida) sanging (not singing, but sanging) the Star Spangled Banner, we know what a loss this was.

Best National Anthem Ever
Is Whitney Houston's Superbowl XXV rendition of the Star Spangled Banner the best ever?

Tuesday, 10-01-2013

Day 113. Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Life Lesson #113

Worry does not change your situation. Being thankful in the midst of a stressful situation is the key to excellence. Can you honestly say that worry has helped a situation? It’s impossible.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy. It’s a little ethereal, but true. Spiritually, this wold be Don’t Worry, Choose to be Happy. The bible teaches this truth in Matthew 6: 25-27.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

Bottom line, if the birds don’t worry about what they will eat or what they will wear, let’s not sign up for that class either. None of us can say we’ve ever seen a skinny bird and their feathers (ie – clothes) are beautiful. This is probably the one time it’s good to be a bird brain!

So the next time someone calls you a bird brain, simply tell them “thanks” and remember how blessed you are.

Monday, 09-30-2013

Day 112. Fear or Flight

Life Lesson #112

Courage isn’t the absence of fear, but the willingness to act in spite of it. This has been said for centuries. Recent examples of courage are Malala Yousafzai and the unforgettable images of the NYFD first responders during September 11th.

We don’t all need to be activists or heroes, we simply need to be active seekers where we can make a difference in someone’s life. When we wake up, tell yourself you will be a blessing to someone today.

I say this every morning. I meditate on this during my runs. Repeat over and over again … I will be a blessing to someone today in Christ. It’s a wonderful way to get your mind off of yourself and onto others.

Day 111. Be Excellent

Life Lesson #111

Be excellent at all times. It doesn’t matter what you do when somebody is watching you, especially if that someone is someone who has influence over you. Let’s say, your boss. And speaking of that, I hope you’re reading this at home versus at your work cubicle. If not, watch out! Here comes the boss!

It matters what you do when nobody is watching you. Being excellent at all times means walking a few extra steps to put away your shopping cart at Costco. Holding the door a few seconds longer when you see someone coming in behind you. And if they start to run, let them know, “No rush. Take your time.” Throwing away your own trash at Taco Bell.

If you do these smaller details of your life with excellence, I promise that you will have larger details of your life and more of your heart’s desires be fulfilled.

In the immortal words of our 20th century prophet Bill … Be Excellent To Each Other!

Bill and Ted
Who do you relate to?

Saturday, 09-28-2013

Day 110. No Umbrella Needed

Life Lesson #110

Plan ahead for the things you do know and plan ahead for how you react to the things you don’t know.

If you get your mindset that you will remain clam under a storm, when the storm comes and newsflash, storms will come, you will be able to handle them with excellence.

Day 109. Don’t Knock It.

Life lesson #109

Keep your eyes, ears, and mouths open for new opportunities. Remember that old saying, don’t knock it ’til you try it.

Today was one of those days when I happily discovered a new food. Frozen Yakisoba can actually be “Yummy”soba and not so “Yucky.”

Thursday, 09-26-2013