Thursday, October 22, 2009


I received an email for a triathlon and it jolted me! “YOUR GREATEST OPPONENT WILL BE YOURSELF.” The words were so simple, yet so powerful and right on the money. The message directly relates to what many of us are going through right now. On the eve of our economic recovery we constantly play the “should we or should we not” game. There are so many decisions to make. Which one is best? What is the best direction to take? What is possible? Can I do it? In my case, indecision is too often one of those persons that just hangs around too much and is difficult to get rid of. I must constantly work at “stilling the mind” as Eckhart Tolle calls it in the Power Of Now. We often have too much competitive chatter in our brain, especially when the ego rules, rather than being in the present moment, free from mind dominance. I know that if I can re-program and evolve from indecision, I can take advantage of many rich opportunities right in front of me by taking action now.

I am blessed to be surrounded by strong women with a “WE CAN DO THIS ATTITUDE!”

I am in a constant state of amazement at what my wife can accomplish each day. Vacillation is not in her lexicon. She somehow can run a business, manage the care of loved ones in need, and find the time for a broad range of activities, including her family, charities, and the arts.

She definitely embodies the axiom, “Lead, follow, or get out the way.”

Our daughter Lisa was seven when we first skied Vail’s tough runs together. On the black diamond “Look Ma”, she looked up at me and said “Dad, come on, let’s go!” She’s had that attitude ever since as she balances her professional career and family. I marvel at her as a grown woman; dynamic and talented.

Our daughter Stacy is full tilt, 24/7. She definitely exemplifies the “We can do this” attitude in every aspect of her busy life of career and family. As the race director of one of Dallas’ largest charity runs she is simply a moving force of action. We traveled to Madeira Island to watch her compete for the U.S. in the World age group triathlon championships. She exuded a calm determination that she could compete with anyone!

My mother has always told her family to “aim high and go for it!” She worked 25 years on her feet at a drug store. I don’t think I ever heard her complain when I was young. She just got it done with a smile and always with encouragement for her family’s endeavors. She turns 90 in a few weeks,plays bridge, and still drives! She remains a great inspiration for me.

My daughter Stacy asked me in 2000 if I wanted to do the “Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.” I must have been crazed when I said “yes.” When Lisa heard we were doing it, she said she would as well. I will always remember their words to me as they jumped off the ferry next to Alcatraz and said “Dad, you can do it!” The race still brings me memories of pain and fear!

I guess I am a work in progress, still trying to get it right. I am going to get there.

I love these two quotes from Joseph Campbell:

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” “The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventures.”


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