If, for just one day…

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone. I wish you the best of health in your mind, spirit, and your body. I encourage you to exercise, live active, and smile a lot.

Casey Martin was a PGA tour golfer and is currently the head coach of the University of Oregon’s golf team. When he played golf professionally, he had to ride in a cart because of a condition called Klippel–Trénaunay–Weber syndrome (KTS). Long story short, he basically has one good leg and one really bad leg.

Before I dive in, I am not writing today to try to make you feel guilty. (Even though I felt really guilty after I read what I’m about to share.) I write to inspire you. I write to invigorate your soul.

I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I do know that exercise is important. If you have the ability to exercise and you choose not to do so…(I will refrain from speaking my mind here) then, please read on. I know that exercise makes us smile. I want you to smile and be happy and fun to be around. So when I came across a question in a book I was reading today, I wanted to share it and hope that it may inspire someone the same way it did me.

The book I was reading is called Who’s Your Caddy. It is written by Rick Reilly. I came across a passage where Rick Reilly asked the above mentioned Casey Martin: “If, for just one day, you had two perfectly normal legs, what would you do?” This is what Casey said he would do…

“Oh, man,” he said, rubbing his hands together. “Ohhhh, mannn! OK. Wake up and play dunk hoops with my buddies. Then go throw the football around in the park. Then I’d go for a long, long run. Then I’d ride my bike up to the mountains and go skiing. Then I’d go dancing. Buddy, I love to dance. I’m a very good dancer. Ask anybody. I used to be able to get down. Oh, then I’d go workout. Do an aerobics class. Then, let’s see…”

Rick and I both felt guilty. Again, I do not share this with the intention of making anyone feel guilty. My aim is to help, not hurt.

Help yourself today, and by golly; gee whiz; gosh darn, if you can…GET UP AND MOVE!



Ready for Tomorrow?

For some time now, I have made a point to write every Sunday for about ten minutes. Even if I don’t have anything to say, I just start writing. Sometimes I read what I wrote, sometimes I don’t. I would like to share with you what I wrote last Sunday for two reasons.

Number 1: I may not know you, but I believe in you. I believe you can accomplish great things and positively impact the world…as a result, reading this may help motivate you.

Number 2: I believe that posting this passage will help me hold myself accountable for ‘practicing what I preach’ as I move forward.

The Passage:

“Tomorrow, I want to lift. I want to move weight and gain strength in my body and my mind. I love the feeling of the pump. I think better, clearer, faster, and with more direction after a good lift.

I want to eat healthy tomorrow. I want a healthy, balanced diet, that is rich in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. I want to stay hydrated tomorrow. I know the importance of keeping my body hydrated, and I want to be proud of my body.

I want to make progress tomorrow. Not just with my nutrition and exercise habits, but with my mind and my work. I want to inspire one of my co-workers to take a chance…to push their limits and test their abilities. Tomorrow I want to set myself up for success in the future.

I want to be heard tomorrow. I have ideas, and without action they will remain ideas. I will speak my ideas aloud with confidence. I will be open to critiques and I will be appreciative for the feedback. Tomorrow I want to make a minimum of five people smile.

Tonight, I want to dream of tomorrow. I want to sleep well and with a smile on. I want to visualize tomorrow happening. I want to see tomorrow with my mind’s eye as I rest and prepare.

I better get to bed…I got a big day tomorrow.”

I leave you with a reflective question:


A Belief

It all starts with a belief in yourself. You know right from wrong. You know what you should do. You have felt the queezy feeling in your stomach when you bail on an opportunity to exercise…after all, it was a hard day and you earned that doughnut, pop, or adult beverage, right?
I’m guilty too…I’ve made more excuses than I care to remember or repeat.
But not today! Today we move. Today there is one reason for our decisions. The reason is a belief…a belief that when the sun sets WE WILL BE BETTER!