Day 183 – Thankful for Running While the Running Was Good

Last night I mentioned to Becky that with the boys going to church tonight she and I could get our run in tonight instead of early in the morning.  My thought was that sleeping in sounded GLORIOUS!  Her response was a quick no, she had some errands that she had to run tonight.

This morning the alarm went off and we headed out for an early morning run.  While the extra sleep would have been nice it did feel amazing to get the run in to start the day.  This probably sounds crazy, but this is one of my favorite views while running early…


Yup, it was quiet, dark, and peaceful.  Very relaxing and calming to kick off the busy day ahead.

As I got into my car to head home after work today I just paused and soaked in the cold, wet, gray sky.  It was chilly and not great running weather.  Had we waited to run until tonight…  Yuck!!!

Today I’m thankful for running while the running was good.  I have a tendency to overthink  and over-strategize things and this was one of those cases.  When the weather is ripe for running I need to remember to take advantage of it and get moving.


Day 182 – Thankful for the Merging of Several Different Concepts into One Unified Whole

Isn’t it funny how somedays you get bombarded with many different thoughts and life lessons?  Little moments of insight.  Wonderful nuggets of learning.  Great advice.  A vision of an example that sets the stage for your dream.  A question asked a week ago that continues to ring in your brain.  An explanation of someone else’s view of you that sheds light on you in a slightly different way.  Today there were many of these little moments and I’ve been able to take some time to let them sink in a bit.

Without getting into too much detail I was able to receive so many of those awesome little insights, lessons, questions, and concepts today.  They came at me from many different angles including the following:

I know, I probably shouldn’t have a winter pic in there, but it was one of the better recent family pics 🙂

Between a question asked by a good friend last week, some great advice from another friend last week, the Bruce Springsteen autobiography, a conversation with my business partners, and some brief but enlightening family time there were several things that kept reverberating through my brain.  It wasn’t until yoga tonight that there was that flash of insight that really blended it all into one unified concept…

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Nick, our instructor tonight was wearing a T shirt with 4 very simple words on it…  Life is an Attitude.  As he explained the reason for the shirt it hit me that there was what I was soaking up from my other conversations and insights today.  Life is an attitude, and I am free to choose the attitude and life I want to live.  What a great reminder to wrap up my day!


Day 181 – Thankful that the Car Doesn’t Have Ears

Ahh yeah…  Good run in the morning, ready to get to work, pumped and excited for a good day and a playlist that includes songs from the following albums:

That’s right, you know it…  It was an all out rock concert in my car on the drive up to Winona today.  While I remembered way more of the lyrics than I had any right to my voice certainly has not gotten any better.  The only way I know that the car doesn’t have ears is that it didn’t yank itself into oncoming traffic 🙂

It was a great way to get rolling in the morning on my way to work.  I had a blast and thoroughly enjoyed the show, regardless of what it may have sounded like!


Day 180 – Thankful for a Sticker on the Floor by My Yoga Mat

After a long weekend of camping with the boys Becky had an excellent idea, end the weekend with some yoga on Sunday night at Root Down.  It wasn’t until part way through the session that I realized what the little sticker right underneath my face said.  If you haven’t been to Root Down before there’s a little sticker on the floor marking the spots for you to set up your mat.  In most cases I’ve just gone kind of blind to them and don’t really pay any attention.  Today was a little different.

Joshua was our instructor tonight and he routinely has a pretty difficult workout planned for us.  Tonight was no different and it wasn’t long before I was sucking wind hard.  At one point I was on my hands and knees and I happened to see the sticker right in front of me and it immediately put a quote from “The Lego Movie” into my head and I smiled…  To quote the Master Builder Vitruvius, “Believe…  I know that sounds like a cat poster but it’s true.”


If you haven’t seen the clip, check it out here.  Do you have any idea how tough it is to focus on yoga while hearing the voice of Morgan Freeman coming out of the mouth of a talking cat?

As the smile started to fade I just kept focusing on that word.  Believe…  “I believe I can do this.”  “I believe I can try this.”  “I believe I can hold this pose for one more breath… for one more breath…  for one more breath…”  The word kept echoing through my head and I I kept believing in myself.  By the end of the workout I had pushed myself harder than I had for a long time.  I had tried new poses that I was able to successfully hold for at least a few seconds.  As I attempted my first headstand since I was a kid I kept thinking “believe.”  And I did, and then I did.  There were plenty of fails and times that I had to pause while others moved on so I could gather my breath, but it was better than normal.  I kept believing in myself.

During the final rest the word “believe” continued to pound in my head, it was the only thing I focused on.  How much stronger am I when I believe in myself?  What do I need to do to build my belief in myself in certain situations so I can believe in myself?  If I stay focused on three of my core values (grit, growth mindset, and do right) can I believe in myself all the time?  When do I not believe in myself and what is the result?  All of these questions kept coming to mind and I just smiled…  I believe I’ll figure it out eventually. 🙂

Thank you to the person who had the foresight to put the sticker with the word “Believe” right where they did, it was an excellent way to end the night…  And very motivating to stare at when my dripping with sweat forehead was collapsed on the floor.



Day 179 – Thankful for Being a Kid and Making a Fort

Just like yesterday, who knows when this will actually be posted – coverage is extremely sketchy.  Also like yesterday I still wanted to make sure I took the time to chill, think and be thankful.

While so much of the free time of kids seems to revolve around electronics and screens it was awesome to spend the day doing anything but that (the screen time I had to type this being the one exception).  The boys helped out with cleaning sticks out of campsites for a while and then had a lot of time to have fun outside and entertain themselves.

Some of the boys went running through the woods and some decided to build a fort.  Working together they gathered logs, sticks and all the other necessities for an awesome shelter.  After showing them how to close up some of the gaps using small branches, pine needles and leaves they had a pretty sweet fort to play in and continue to build.  In no time they also had a sliding entrance door that would be opened for the lucky scout who knew the password (which was, ironically “there is no password”).  

The whole time the boys worked on it they were smiling, laughing and having fun.  It made me so happy to see them all having such a great time outside and enjoying themselves like this.  I’m so thankful that my boys are in Scouts – what a great experience!


Day 178 – Thankful for the Crossroads of Growth, Opportunity, and Self Reflection

This one may not be posted until a day or two late due to cell coverage, but I still want to make sure that I’m taking time to be grateful 🙂

There were many things to be thankful for today, and as I lay on my pre-1940’s bunk bed at Scout camp there are many thoughts rolling through my head.  Over the course of the day I was able to interact with many coaches, teammates, and friends as I made my way through my task list.  All the while there were many dots connected and new dots revealed.  It was an incredible experience, so many moments in which there were lightbulbs flashing on.

As I think about it I’m overwhelmed with trying to figure out where to start with today’s post…  but there were a few themes that kept coming up.  They weren’t always all together in each moment, but there was usually a combination of two of them at minimum.  The recurring themes are growth, opportunity, & self reflection.  My mind is still bending as I try to look at the bigger picture on this, there’s definitely a connection between them all.

While this will be a thought I continue to ponder today I’m just thankful for running into the crossroads of all three today.  To each and everyone of you I interacted with today – thank you!


Day 177 – Thankful for Incredible Coincidences

Yesterday I headed out to Eau Claire early in the morning.  Instead of the normal route I took a scenic country road to head up to Black River Falls.  Meeting a friend for coffee and conversation about hiring led me on a road that I haven’t taken early in the morning before, County C out of West Salem.  As I drove up and down the bluffs and valleys the sun slowly started its ascent.  At one point I just smiled and chuckled…

I was reminded of another time I was driving up to Eau Claire at about this time of the day.  I drove past an intensely serene and still pond that perfectly reflected the beautiful pink blue sunrise sky.  The view was so soothing to my soul that I jammed on my brakes, whipped a u turn, and headed back to enjoy the moment and take a picture.  It was such music to my soul that on that day I blogged about being thankful for being in the right place at the right time, being aware of it and taking a moment to enjoy it.

Can you see why I jammed on the brakes to go back and enjoy this? 🙂

As I stared almost a little too long at yesterday’s sunrise my heart was warmed by the memory of that moment and I thought about stopping again.  It wasn’t quite right and this time I just decided to enjoy it while I drove.

Last night after blogging I opened up Facebook and did something that is also becoming a daily tradition, looking at what I was thankful for last year on this day.  Imagine my surprise when I saw this…

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Are you kidding me???  What are the odds of that?  Here I was enjoying an incredible sunrise and thinking back to an awesome memory…  From exactly one year before (remember that I skipped Day 155 last year, it was actually day 176, not 177), almost to the minute!

Was it really a coincidence?  Was there some weird subconscious connection that drew it to mind?  Beats me, but honestly, I really don’t care how it came to be.  All I know is that this was one incredible coincidence that I’m very thankful for.