Seven years ago today I experienced the most vivid rainbow of my entire life. My apologies in advance to my buddy Jeremy. He’ll be the first to remind me that the first rule of Rainbow Club is you do not talk about Rainbow Club. Sorry dude, I’ve got to share this one.
While others in our vacation party were chilling Jeremy and I decided to head off and have some fun in the Jeep we’d rented. We drove down some crazy kinda dirt roads, along the coast, and then down a tiny almost fire lane of a road. After turning a corner we jammed on the brakes when we saw this:
Yup, that was the most gnarly, little, and vivid rainbow EVER! It was wild!!! We could see both ends of it. As you’ll note one end was on the road not too far in front of us. I kid you not, at one point a car drove through the rainbow! It was ridiculous! I’m still not quite sure just how the lighting and everything was perfect to cause it to be both so bright and so tiny. There’s a very distinct second rainbow underneath it, and if you look closely enough there’s even a hint of at least a third as well.
We were both at a loss for words when we saw it. The pure beauty of it was mind-blowing. The colors, the size, the way you could see the ends, it was amazing! For reals, it was the coolest rainbow I’ve ever seen. When someone says “rainbow” it is what comes to mind.
When we got back to the house we were giddy with excitement to share the story. As you can probably imagine, and were possibly already thinking as you read this, there were several snickers and jokes – most of which involving questions about what types of drugs we must have found and consumed. Full disclosure – none.
To this day we still joke about Rainbow Club. Other friends have shared the video of the “Double Rainbow Guy” and said that’s exactly how I sounded. As I type this I had to fire up the video; Becky immediately reminded me that it’s exactly how we sounded. While I know it sounds ridiculous, I really don’t mind. That was the greatest rainbow this dude has ever experienced!
Just curious, are you in the habit of journaling each day? What has worked the best for you? Why have you stuck with it / stopped doing it? How did you determine what to write about each day?
Over the past few days I’ve had the opportunity to offer up advice in a few different subjects. In the past I would really enjoy being asked for advice as it was a total ego hit. I’d be almost high with confidence and arrogance of being the person who was seen as an expert of some sort. In many ways I look back and see how I craved it so much and saw it as a way for me to determine my self worth. How silly is that when I write it out? My main takeaway for being asked for advice was all about me and placating my ego.
These past few days I’ve noticed something different. I’ve got almost a reluctance to offer advice, even when asked. Who am I to suggest the best course of action? I’ve had some successes, but not enough for me to feel like anything close to an expert. Rather, I find that when I am offering advice I’m often listening to myself think through what would’ve been the best way to handle a situation. After the conversation my brain keeps going back to what I said and finds so many ways in which I should apply it to my own life, let alone offer it as advice to others.
After one such conversation this week that really hit me between the eyes. When did offering advice go form being an ego boost to a self-questioning moment? It’s an interesting shift that I’ll be focused on moving forward. Is it the right behavior, is this still off, what should I think/feel in those moments? I’m thankful for noticing the shift and am looking forward to seeing where it leads next.
Journaling is an interesting one, isn’t it? An activity that is extra work, but so fulfilling when done correctly… yet feels so trivial when looked at as a task to be done versus something I am choosing to do.
In addition to writing this daily blog I’ve taken on a new behavior. Each morning I read a question/thought from this bad boy:
I jot down a few sentences and thoughts on the note for the day and then move on with the day. Throughout the day the thought keeps growing and bouncing around inside my head. At night before bed I pause and jot down my answers to the same thought and question. It’s interesting to see how the extra thought time has helped the answer grow and develop. All day long I’m watching myself from a third person perspective and evaluating how well I’m living into the answer. Some days I live into the ideal answer, other days I see just how big the gap is and find little ways to take action. I’m very grateful for the additional thinking that has happened since starting this, it seems like it’s been a great help in assisting me in closing the gap.
That’s really the best way I could put it tonight! No sarcasm or anything, I’m most thankful for how exhausted I am from the day and the fact that I’ve run out of time so I’m blogging from the comfort of my bed. From my early morning treadmill run to a busy work day to a short burst of time at home to a high school basketball game this has been a very full day.
Gavin’s team was recognized at halftime of the high school game. I figured Dominic might want to go too and I was very glad he did. While Gavin hung out with his teammates and coach during the game I had a lot of time to just shoot the bull with Dominic. It was a pretty sweet round of bonus father son time with him. I’m still a little freaked that part of our conversation revolves around where he’d like to go to college 😉
On the way home from the game I had so much fun joking with the boys. We were all laughing pretty hard by the time we got home. Those moments of joking and spending time with the boys are amongst my favorite moments.
After all that I’m thankful to crash and get horizontal. Once I’m done typing my eyes will close and I’ll be out in a matter of minutes. If today was the last one for me I’d say I lived it pretty well and I’d be out on a high note.
Hey Big Dude Upstairs, thank you for an excellent day! I’m grateful for each moment of it!
So many wonderful moments today. In my mind I’d already written a couple of blogs when I got this voice message from a prospect…
“…one other question. After I put things together, you said you were from the Phillips area. Are you related to a Pete Kreiling from up there? I know him from when he worked at the mill there…”
Boom, right in the feels. I was laughing out loud and swear Dad was laughing along with me. I listened to the message again and smiled even wider while chuckling. Without even thinking about it I started talking with Dad. “Is that a good thing or a bad thing that he knows you Dad?” Immediately I could hear Dad’s voice in my head, “I guess you’ll have to figure that one out, won’t you Mikey?” At this I laughed even harder. I just couldn’t stop smiling in thinking about it.
Later in the afternoon I was able to catch our prospect on the phone and proceeded to have a wonderful conversation with him. He hadn’t seen Dad in a very long time so I had to break the news to him that Dad had passed. He went on to explain how great it was that even though Dad bought materials from him Dad would visit at least once a year and would treat him like a king. I still remember so many stories of Dad talking about how important that was to him. He proceeded to tell me how much he enjoyed spending time with Dad and what a great guy he was. It was pretty awesome.
After I got off the phone I had to close my office door for a moment and take a pause to get my emotions under control. Something about that conversation brought Dad’s memory closer to my heart than normal and I’m so thankful for it. Funny how something completely unexpected like that can bring back such waves of emotion. I am so blessed to have had that moment and so many wonderful memories with Dad to look back fondly on.
Today I lost the Stair-climbing championship to Gavin. By the time I climbed all 255 floors of Burj Khalifa in Dubai Gavin had already summited and knocked out the Statue of Liberty and an Aztec temple. I thought I’d take him out due to the long duration (over an hour) but he never showed signs of slowing. In fact, he ran up the last 8 floors!
I’m very competitive and losing is never enjoyable, but today I’m thankful he beat me. Gavin was pretty pumped up and seemed to really enjoy himself. I’ve got this weird feeling that he may find some joy in endurance sports as he grows up. Even if not I’m grateful for the time we had together doing something healthy for the second day in a row.
If you’re not part of the solution you’re a part of the problem, right? Instead of getting frustrated and doing nothing like I have for years I put together a couple of solutions to a problem or two (at least they are problems in my opinion). Today I finally took the time to summarize the challenge and a handful of potential solutions. I’ve got concrete next steps and will see what happens. Even if nothing comes of it I’m grateful for taking the time to take action. I may not control the situation, but I can control how I respond to it and attempt to make a difference.
Today picked up where yesterday left off; Dominic and I hanging out together. Kind of hanging out… if you count snowblowing as hanging out 😉 I am thankful for how eager he is to take on additional responsibility like this. While he and I worked together I was reminded of so many Saturday mornings of working in the woods with my dad. It wasn’t always the most exciting but when I look back they were some great times with my old man. I am thankful for having some of those moments with Dominic this morning.
While Dominic was at snowboarding Gavin and I ran some errands and then hit the Y. We had a lot of fun joking and talking as we hit the bikes first. After a good ride we hit the side by side stair climbers and had an epic race up to the top of Skellig Michael. At least it felt epic to me. Gavin totally crushed me and did 20+ extra stories while I finished up my 67 flights up Skellig Michael. I am so grateful for the time together with him doing something that will possibly create some excellent long term habits for him. We’ll head back to the Y tomorrow for a rematch and I’m excited to get a great workout in with him again.
As we chill tonight we decided to grab wings and chill together. I’d given them a few options and they wanted to have the three of us hang out together, something I’m always thankful for. After the show we’re watching together (Alone, Season 4) we’re going to fire up some games and probably antagonize each other for a while. What an awesome way to spend a night!
Gavin is giggling away and having fun with a buddy of his. Hearing them goofing around has me smiling and thinking back to so many awesome times with my friends.
While they’re doing their thing Dominic and I are hanging out and watching movies. We’re having a blast joking around as we chill in the living room. We’ve joked about old memories of past nights like this (watching Voltron in the mattress fort) and vacations like below. I mentioned what an awesome vacation that was and his response filled my heart… “They all have been!”
What an epic start to the weekend, hanging out with my boys.
Off to watch 300 with Dominic!