Another Go: GRATITUDE

A high school buddy asked me via Messenger, “What are you thankful for…?” I replied, “The list is long, my brother. I start the day with the simple stuff: my health, food to eat, clothes to wear, a roof over my head, the same for my family, thankful for my wife, for my kids, for the job I have to help provide for the things out family needs…and on from there. Each thing, as often as I can: for hot coffee, that turn signal that changed in my favor, and on and on…you get the idea.”

It’s simple. BE THANKFUL.

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A Dad’s List, #4

1. Maybe my wife said it best, “A Tuesday that felt like a Monday.” All good though, where it went sideways, tried to learn.

2. Not always easy; see above.

3. Generosity that was a little unexpected. Learning from that too.

4. Need a haircut.

5. Sometimes two peeps you think will get along don’t seem to; or at least they have differing approaches. Learn from both.

6. Kids drawing on a big sheet of paper? Priceless.

7. Green Roobios? GOOD.

8. Not much time to write a full blog post, another list will have to do. I think it does.

9. Diet off the rails a bit; more in quantity than quality.

10. Lots to do. Tomorrow is another day.

Bonus: Big Hug from my son!

A Dad’s List, #3

1. Trying to teach your kids about Memorial Day; it’s a process. It starts with values, and love, and sacrifice. There’s more, of course, but that’s a good start.

2. Morning walk, hot day, tired children.

3. I may be damned, but Thank You, endless kids’ shows.

4. Thankful the sprinklers are working for another season.

5. Bright sun, long sleeves.

6. Lime flavor has become a top three for me.

7. Glad to have slip-on garden shoes.

8. I love my family and the plants in my yard, too. Example? Bougainvillea. Long, mixed relationship. Overall? GOOD.

9. Make sure your kids are hydrated.

10. Full Circle: REMEMBER.

A Dad’s List, #2

1. Getting the kids in the mix, vacation planning continues.

2. Pancake breakfast muffins. YUMMY.

3. Singing songs from “Moana” in the car.

4. Holiday weekend. Another night for BBQ. Old school. GOOD.

5. New kid show (for dad): “Bat Pat.” Thank You, Netflix.

6. Visiting Grammy, backyard chat in the afternoon shade.

7. Kids picking up the loose fruit from the trees.

8. Middle age back aches.

9. Considering American foreign policy and policy makers. It’s complicated, for sure. Not much to my liking currently.

10. Remembering King Tut.

A Dad’s List, #1

1. A full pot of hot coffee to start the day.

2. NBA Playoffs, Western Conference, Game 6.

3. My four year old whispering in my ear, “I’m a brave girl, Dad.”

4. A long drive’s reward: A good time with family.

5. A cool breeze after a warm day.

6. Talking about a vacation coming in two weeks.

7. My son washing his own hands.

8. The polka-dot skirt my wife is wearing today.

9. The kids all playing together, my bro-in-law looking after them all.

10. Two more days of weekend.

#halffull

Bonus, 1: Make giving your kid a bath a core exercise.

Bonus, 2: Warriors win Game 6!

Inspiration Everywhere: FROOME

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I’ve used the intro to that title before, because again and again, that’s my experience:  there is inspiration everywhere.   It’s an oft-used theme in my writing, and in my life.  I see it when I least expect it sometimes, and every time, I’m grateful.

This time it was seeing the news that Chris Froome, one of the best professional cyclists in the world right now, won a decisive Stage 19 in the Giro (grand tour in Italy being raced right now).  Happy for him and the win — it was really heroic, if you’re a racing fan (and maybe if you’re not).  There is something more though.

One of the first opportunities I had to publish anything I’d written was via a fan website for the Trek Pro Cycling Team; this was about seven or maybe even eight years back.  I found the website, contacted the site owner/editor, and he agreed to consider my posts.  It was a real thrill to have my work published, and will always be grateful for that opportunity.

From there I also published some work on a wellness website several years ago, and then started this blog in 2014.  This blog has been a real blessing for me as well; although the consistency of posts ebbs and flows a bit, the underlying themes and motivation and energy to write and get the thoughts out in the world.

And just like Chris Froome did in the attack he launched today in that bike race, I’m making the efforts to put it all out there, living the dream, being inspired everyday.