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The Power of One

One song can spark a moment
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest
One bird can herald spring

One smile begins a friendship
One handclasp lifts a soul
One star can guide a ship at sea
One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness
One laugh will conquer gloom

One step must start each journey
One word must start each prayer
One hope will raise our spirits
One touch can show you care

One voice can speak with wisdom
One heart can know what’s true
One life can make the difference
You see, it’s up to you!

~ Author Unknown

“Why aren’t you signed up for the 401K?  I’d never be able to run that far.” ~ Scott Adams, Dilbert

Thursday, November 27th, 2008 – 9 AM Race Start

It’s become a tradition in our house.  Thanksgiving morning starts with a 5K race in Madison – about an hour drive to get to the race location (that means no sleeping in on this morning).  Followed by continuing our travels onto one of our parents for the traditional Thanksgiving day feast.  This was our fourth year participating.  Some have been warm, some have been way beyond cold.  This year was a cold, but manageable morning – temps in the low 20’s (Fahrenhiet).  Light wind.

The “Berbee Derby – Like a Thanksgiving Day Parade, Only Faster”.  I love that tagline!  This year, about 3500 participants, running either a 5K or 10K race.

I ran the 5K race with my two oldest children.  My wife and youngest son volunteered at the race.

It was a refreshing morning.  The cool morning air made for a chilly wait until race time.  But once we were running, all was good!   The course is through city streets, marked by rolling hills.  For the first time in a race, we all split up and ran at our own pace.

So, I’ve been “training”.  Not excessively, but I have been going out a couple of times each week to get a run in.  No one else in my family has been doing this.  So, who finishes the race first in our family – my oldest son.  Beats me by nearly five minutes.  Is that the beauty of youth?  Will I ever see the day where I cross the finish line before him?

In the end, I finished the race in 27:31.  My son – 23:09.  My daughter – 32:14

Everyone was very happy with their performance out on the race course!  Everyone had fun, got some exercise, and even a few snacks afterward!  It was a great way to start the day.

We started the day tired and cold.  We finished the race, awakened and warmed up!

Like a Thanksgiving day parade, only faster…

And then, we were off for some well-earned turkey and pie!

With Many Thanks, We Dance

by Lance Ekum on November 26, 2008 · 1 comment

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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward

As we approach Thanksgiving Day here in the United States, I am reminded of all I have to be thankful for.  There is much good in my life.  Today, I’d like to focus on, you, my readers.  All of you make what I’m doing here worth it.  Every one of you.  Family.  Old friends.  New friends.  First-time visitors.  Thank you for enriching my life with your presence, your comments, and your time.  It is an honor to be here and share my words with each of you.

So, stand up, turn the volume up on your speakers, and press the “play” button on the video above – then join me in the “Gratitude Dance”!

I’m glad you’re here!

“We find what we expect to find, and we receive what we ask for.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

Ask..And You Shall Receive

Today we poke a little fun at…me.

This all began in the comments section on a recent post by Vered, over at Momgrind.  I was the fortunate winner of a Starbucks gift card, although this post has very little to do with that fact.

How did I end up in this picture?

Far down in the comments of that post, Marelisa suggested I wear a tiara.  This was quickly followed by Sal, who added I should do a “thumbs up”, and Evelyn who thought lipstick would be a nice addition.  Somehow a “little black dress” was mentioned along the way also.  Oh, and Betsy suggested dancing…

So, here you have it.

There’s the tiara, the lipstick (I’m not putting it on!), a thumbs up, the gift card (hey, it didn’t include a tiara when it arrived!), and a little black (and pink) dress!  No, the dress in not going on, either (besides – it’s way too little).  Can you tell I’m dancing? (there will be no video…)

Laugh with me!! (hey, I said with me, not at me! – okay, that’s better!)  After all, if you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at?

For some reason, my kids all had a field day with this one!  Was it the lipstick (that stuff should come with some directions!), the tiara (hey, at least it’s blue), or the dress (I surely would have been kicked out of the house had I put that on)!!  I know it wasn’t my dancing!!  I’m digressing here…back to the subject at hand.

That brings me to the message of this post (does there have to be a message?)…

Ask…And You Shall Receive

Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve needed something, and it required asking someone else “something”?  And maybe you felt uncomfortable asking.  Uncomfortable because it seemed awkward, or  you didn’t know the person, or the person was someone you looked up to, or you were intimidated by the person.  Or a number of other reasons.

Asking “something” of someone can, at times, be difficult.  And, it just seems easiest to not ask at all.  Think of those things that really mean something to you.  That which is important.

I ask you – what’s the worst that can happen if you do ask?  Probably that you are denied, or that you receive no reply at all.  So, maybe ask…and you shall receive is a bit optimistic.

However, if you receive nothing, or are denied – how “bad” is that, really?  Think about that.

And, think of the possibilities that may arise because you do ask – and receive an answer (or help, or whatever it is you’re seeking).  Ask… and more often than not, you will receive!  It just requires asking!

Ask…and often you will receive!

What’s holding you back, today, from going after what you want?  What aren’t you asking, that you could?  Get out there, and go after those things you desire!

Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: *vlad* “Never underestimate the importance of having fun. I’m dying and I’m having fun. And I’m going to keep having fun every day, because there’s no other way to play it.” ~ Randy Pausch

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

by Lance Ekum

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” ~ Leo F. Buscaglia Don’t worry, be happy. How’s that for a philosophy on life.  Four simple words, one profound statement. This all started when we talked about fear a couple of weeks ago.  One thing that was a re-occurring theme […]

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Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: NYCArthur “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” ~ Sophia Loren

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Thanks For The Cookie

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: Mrs Magic “One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see the beauty of a cupped receiving hand.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Today, I’d like to talk to you about the dentist.  Hmm…you say, “How does that relate to the cookie?”. Today, I’d like to tell you about my […]

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Believe In Yourself

by Lance Ekum

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be” ~ George Sheehan Today I’m sharing a video of Nick Vujicic, a real example of believing in yourself, and of not giving up.  If you do only one thing today, watch this video – […]

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Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: Santhosh Janardhanan “I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all […]

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