May 2009

Blessed Beast?

Yesterday morning, as I was returning from a run, a neighborhood middle school boy was waiting for his school bus.

As I was slowly running by, on the cool down portion, I said to him spontaneously, “Just do it! I could talk about exercising. I could think about exercising. I could hope to exercise. Or, I can just do it!”

He replied rather spontaneously, “You’re a beast“!

He meant it as a compliment. My body fat is around eight percent. I was shirtless and had that sweaty sheen from five good miles, plus the early Florida morning humidity.

I thought for a moment, and yelled back, “A blessed Beast“!

His Father is a Pastor, and I’m a life-long Disney advocate, and I was making a play on religion and the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast.

Oh well, guess you had to be there.

If you don’t exercise, but want to, try something creative. Do something easy. A goal so small, you can’t fail. Do it five days in a row.

The following week, do just a hair more, for five more days.

Repeat this process week after week and guess where you’ll be a year from now?

Like it or not, you are responsible for your health. Ignoring this doesn’t make it go away.

No male on my Dad’s side made it past 60 years. I’ll be 50 in a couple weeks. Ever thought how you’d live your life if you only had ten years left?

Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

May 2009

Will He Make It?

Can I make it to May 31?

Does it even matter?

I’m not sure about either.

So I’m gonna at least try.

Dude, what are you talking about?

Writing five blogs per day for nearly three months straight.

Sometime in February, I can’t remember exactly, I challenged myself to write daily in the five blogs that I am the most passionate about.

Some days, it flows from my mind and heart to the keyboard, like the water over Niagara Fallsa You Tube clip.

Other days, it feels like the Sahara Desert – photos.

If you’ve never written everyday, for an extended period, it’ll challenge you in ways you never thought.

Throw in a full time job, a Family, and all the other privileges and obligations of being a mid-life adult, and it can really be a grind. And, many days, it can really be an awakening.

And so it goes. May 21, 2009. Ten more days.

When was the last time you really pushed yourself? I mean seriously pushed yourself to grow?

Hope you like your answer. Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

May 2009

Is hard work the key to success?

What do you think?

If it isn’t hard work, what could it possibly be?

If you’ve been to Lane 8, you know that I’m working on becoming the slowest of the fastest.

If you ever do surf around at Lane 8, you’ll see a different piece of the tapestry of this puzzle I call life.

Bottom-line for me, in my 50 years of life – Hard Work Is The Key To Success!

Have a great week. I know I will. And you can bet I’ll be working hard. Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

Happy Easter

Happy Easter. This is my fifth post today and I’m going to do the same thing as the fourth post, take a short cut.

Click DIVERSITY to read it.

You’ll find the blog post interesting whether you celebrate Easter or not. If you don’t find the article interesting, I’m sorry.

Make today a GREAT day, because if you don’t, who will. Carpe diem, jeff 🙂

Stumble Upon

Little Crosses

When driving through Frankenmuth, Michigan, I’m

always intrigued with the many simple little crosses

I see in the front yards of the homes we pass by.

Those crosses are a statement of support for the

Frankenmuth’s Christian foundation.

Two years ago an atheist living there complained

about two crosses on a bridge in town. He

requested that they be removed, and so the town

removed them.

Then he decided that since he was so successful

with that, the city shield should also be changed

since it had on it, along with other symbols, a

heart with a cross inside signifying the city’s

Lutheran beginnings.

At that point, the residents decided they had had

enough. Hundreds of residents made their

opinions known by placing small crosses in their

front yards.

Seeing this quiet but powerful statement from

the community, the man removed his complaint.

Those simple crosses remain in those front yards