Note: This post is inspired from a deep Father-Son conversation yesterday about the power of goals.
In the decade from 1999 to 2009, i began running and continuously improved my running using the business insights i taught at Disney Institute.
What began simply as a goal to achieve better health (cholesterol) metrics, slowly turned into an opportunity to see what was possible if i was willing to chase something impossible.
And i love, to this day, that i never told anyone at Disney Institute i was representing the United States at the Masters Track & Field World Championships in the M50-54 age group.
Okay, so two weeks before my “vacation”, i told my boss and one other person.
When i returned, i never told anyone else.
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What is a Family?
What does a really good one look like? Is there such a thing?
I surely don’t have an answer. And yesterday, as I was minutes from leaving my house for the airport, I quietly wondered if I even have a clue.
The car was packed with my carry-on suitcase and small backpack. I was all set to drive to Orlando International Airport for a business trip to Niagara Falls.
“Goodbye Mom and Dad”.
My Father-In-Law started to cry after he shook my hand. He never cries. “What’s wrong”?, I asked.
Next thing I know we had a 20-minute conversation about life and the physical hardships of getting old.
They are 83 and 86, and when I get get back home today, they’ll be back in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
They’ve been visiting us for several weeks, to witness our Son’s First Holy Communion.
To make a long story short, I am challenged to know what to do, what to say or when to do it or when to say it.
Mother Theresa said something to this effect, “The way to create World Peace is to go home and Love your Family“. Humbly, jeff 🙂