Race to the Beginning

Sunrise is at 6:27 this morning. Can I make it? I grab my keys and backpack, get into the car and head downtown to the Dock. It’s cloudy, but sometimes that makes for a beautiful sunrise. Traffic lights provide normal delays and the traffic is moderate. Will I make it in time?

Almost there! Passing the Naval Academy, I get behind about 20 bicycles who look to be racing, too. No problem … they are all going the speed limit, so I follow them into town.

I arrive just in time to see the prize rising up over the water. It comes up like a bridegroom leaving his chamber and like a strong man running its course with joy! The sun rises like clockwork just at the appointed time every day!

So, what are you racing for? Are you racing for the end like those on their bicycles? Or are you racing for the start like I experienced this morning? Both are good goals.  Let us strive with all our energy to set and reach those goals.

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Transition – We All Do It

Today is the last day of the summer. Why do I say that? Today is only Monday, August 13th.  Labor Day (the unofficial last day) is a few weeks away and September 21st (the official last day) is another 5 weeks away.

Well, tomorrow I pack up the car and take my son, Josh, back to college to begin his sophomore year… the summer is over! His older two sisters are living away from home. Rebecca begins her senior year in college and Katie has been married and working for the past 3 years.

The feelings are very mixed for us as parents. We love our children very much and enjoy them when they are around. But it is now time for us and them to transition. When they were younger we always wondered how they would turn out. Well, I can honestly say, they have blessed us beyond measure with the young adults they have become. We recently watched some home movies and were moved to smiles and tears. They were wonderful back then, too!

For Julie and me, it is again time for another transition ourselves. It is time to ramp up our energy and continue to reach out and build March Forth Family.  It is time to continue homeschooling our youngest, Amy, who is beginning her junior year of high school. And it’s time to be full of thanksgiving for our past, present, and future blessings.

What transition are you about to make?  Let’s make a connection here in this blog, by email, or on Facebook.

Tom

What Are You?

I have been thinking … and that could be a dangerous thing to do.  I have a position in this universe, this world, this creation that is uniquely me. There is no one just like me.  People have told me that I look like someone they know, but he wasn’t me.  And in college I had an eerie experience to be acquainted with a guy who I thought looked like me, but he wasn’t me.  In this life, I have been given roles such as husband, father, son, brother, cousin, uncle, friend, health coach, colleague, student, neighbor, dog owner … All of these unique me-roles can only be filled by me!  These roles influence every area of my life.  Every day, every hour, or every minute, my role can change.  At any moment many different roles can mix together. Life can get complicated for sure!

I know that you have about the same number of roles as I do, possible many more.  You constantly juggle roles, tasks, and lists every day.  Depending on your circumstances and the people around you, your roles, tasks, and lists constantly change.  I want to tell you that it’s OK to take a break every now and then.  A break is a good time to relax, think, meditate, and pray!

And when taking a break, it’s also OK to grab a healthy snack.  We just need to be mindful of the things we grab to eat … our comfort food.  I call this mindful eating.  So in the midst of figuring out what you are, know you are not alone.  We travel in this world together.  Does this make sense? And if I can be helpful to you in my role as a health coach, let me know.