What motivates you?

What motivates you?

To do your best, everyday, what does it take?

Do you help others to do their best?

What does it take to be able to help others everyday?

And, what are the ingredients?

Motivation?

Inspiration?

Excitement?

Goals?

Focus?

Discipline?

Drive?

Talent?

Luck?

I’m convinced it’s luck!

Luck? You’ve got to be kidding, right?

Nope.

You know what I’ve discovered in my 50 years?

It’s amazing, but I’ve found that the harder I work, the luckier I get.

Thank you Benjamin Franklin, for the orginal “luck” story.

Good LUCK to you today. Carpe diem, jeff 🙂

I did it yesterday

I turned in my Celebrex prescription.  Thirty days.  One 200mg capsule per day.  It’s a hard reality to swallow.

Know why people take Celebrex?

Because something ain’t right.

Something isn’t right, and I hope and pray that the prescription, my hard work, and God’s grace will remedy the pain in my left heel.

After 20 months of dedicated effort to heal plantar fasciitis in my right fool, it’s has shown it’s hideous face in my left heel.  Totally caught me off-guard.

What have I learned from this?

What does anyone learn from disappointing and potentially serious setbacks?

Some of you already know I’ve already been on a decade long journey to battle high cholesterol.  And on this journey, through incredible effort and dedication, I’ve discovered that hard work, over time, can equal extraordinary results.

I mean, who doesn’t know this already?  It’s a BFO, a blinding flash of the obvious.  With a catch.

The catch is most of us know this on paper, but few ever actually carry it out in a real life, personal example.

I’m on the verge this year to compete in the 2009 Master’s Track & Field World Championships in Lahti, Finland english.wma2009.org/

The other BFO, for me, in all of this? It ain’t about the World Championships. It’s about seeing our son graduate from High School in ten years. I’ll be 60, my wife, 61. Long life is hereditary on her side. Mine, not so much.

Make it a GREAT day, because if you don’t, who will? 🙂

Why do we run?

Here’s my favorite answer to the question, “Why do you run?

It’s from Roger Bannister, the first human to break the four-minute mile barrier.

I sometimes think that running has given me a glimpse of the greatest freedom a man can ever know, because it results in the simultaneous liberation of both mind and body……The runner does not know why he runs.  He only knows that he must run……We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves.” — 1956

Dr Curtis Wagner, thank you!

I met with Dr Curtis Wagner of Foot and Ankle Associates of Florida – www.floridafootdocs.com/gpage2.html – for a checkup this morning.

My left heel had me concerned enough that I prayed long and hard last night for wisdom and guidance.

What I discerned was that I was willing to surrender and accept whatever consequences where revealed from this morning’s visit.

Of course, after a decade on this journey to battle high cholesterol, and working so long and so hard, that my running became an extraordinary “story”, the last thing on my mind was stopping.

I finally found my resolve and was content to go to sleep.

When Dr Wagner came into the exam room, I told him, “I surrender to your verdict.” It was humbling.

I could sense his belief in my sincerity. This too, was quite humbling.

He said, “Don’t stop training yet. Keep up your stretching, ice, and night-splint. Take one 200mg Celebrex capsual each day for 30 days. See me in two weeks.”

I can only begin to tell you that whatever is in store as this unusaul journey unfolds, I am willing to accept it and use it to bring honor and glory to God.

Use me as your instrument. Give me courage and wisdom to remain humble and discerning.

Good night.