For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.
Where was I on Saturday morning? School Street is right next to my street.
An excellent article by David Brooks at the Concord Monitor said that more sighting of bears in Concord has been the norm but no human interaction. Thank goodness. “Eventually the ursine family wandered off, presumably into the nearby woods behind Concord Hospital.” Just where I love to run. See post where I ran into most likely that same ursine family.
I used the athlete mind-set a lot these last few years. “Embrace the Suck” is a phrase that got me through Ironman and bad work situations. I read this article today and it hit home. Endurance sports training, Ironman and ultra running, taught me to deal with monotony, time management and failure in the workplace. I like how MB writes about “perceived” failure, and that sometimes these failures are out of your control; I always forget that. Every single time I failed in a race or a job I learned something about myself and I did everything to get better.
And it’s true, every failure is a learning opportunity. I try to never make the same mistake twice. I’m always working to the next goal and past failures fade over time.
How can an athlete’s mind-set be useful in the office?
MB: Training teaches you lots of things, including time and stress management. It’s always hard in the moment to get past something you perceive as a failure, so I think it’s important to frame the conversation that way: failure versus “perceived” failure. Most of the time, there is some reason that things didn’t go well, and sometimes that thing was out of your control. It takes time and perspective to realize that each disappointment is a learning moment, and something that will make you stronger in the future. Viewing it as lesson instead of a failure will help keep you positive, motivated, and working hard to the next goal.
Today while hiking in Winant Park in Concord I stumbled upon a big, black bear and her cub. Actually, I just saw a big, black furry blob and a small, cute cub – stopped, called Winnie and started running back to the car.
I know you’re not suppose to run but I did. I’ve never – in all my years of hiking – seen a bear on the trail; much less a mama and her cub.
Winnie was so great – she came to me and we ran back to the car. So scary.
This was us just the day before on a more calm, no-wildlife hike:
A day when I wake up and have time to think and dream and write.
Today I ask: What am I doing with my life? What do I want to be?
These questions I’ve asked myself for most 30 plus years.
I think that right now is good. I think that what I’m doing is what I am suppose to be doing, for the most part.
Is my life what I envisioned for myself? No. But I don’t think many people in their fourth decade are living the life they imagined. If you are, email me. I’d love to talk to you.
As I look back on my goals and the list of things-I-want-to-do list I created in 1992, I see that I’ve reached almost all the goals I created for myself. There are a few things I haven’t done so today I created a new list of “things I want to do before I die”.
Here is my updated list, not in order of importance, with some left over from the original 1992 list and some new ones:
- Be a member of a church
- Log cabin in the woods (this could be just a rental, not necessarily owned)
- Visit Spain
- Visit Italy
- Finish a 50 mile running race
- Finish a 100 mile running race
- Complete a Marathon in every state
- Hike all 4,000 footers in NH
- Hike all 4,000 footers in NE
- Climb all the 14ers in Colorado
- Solo Pentathlon – Steamboat Springs or Tuckerman Inferno (I don’t kayak right now)
- Finish Ironman Florida
- Ski Tuckerman’s Ravine (added April 20, 2018)
I have some things to start working on today.