A year later...it's official...I AM A SPRINTER!
Friday, April 15, 2011
In high school (decades ago)...I ran track. Correction...I WAS A SPRINTER! I have LONG LEGS...I could run VERY QUICKLY...and the fact that I ran sprints well INSPIRED OTHERS! I did NOT have the determination to train for hours to go long distances. I did NOT have the focus to do multi events. I LOVED making an impact and moving on!
Little did I know...that would be the foreshadowing for my life! After being suspicious for years about this fact...a year with SPARK PEOPLE has taught me...INDEED...I AM A SPRINTER!
I am one of THOSE personalities! You have met them...but probably don't REALLY know them well. They are LARGER THAN LIFE...they MAKE THINGS HAPPEN...they GIVE INSTRUCTION and INSPIRATION and MOVE ON!
That could be said of my business life! My resume' is filled with more jobs than you could imagine. I LOVE to go in...DRIVE CHANGE...and when TODD JAMES has MADE A DIFFERENCE...I MOVE ON!
That could be said of my personal life! I am a firm believer...have a limited few at your funeral that REALLY KNOW YOU...and have 100s that will miss your inspiration when they hear of your passing!
That could be said of my social life! BURST on to the scene...start the party...get everyone laughing and having fun...then quietly slip out and go home to bed!
The SAME has been true for SPARK PEOPLE!
Thanks to initial encouragement from my good friend Jerome Merlau, I started out like a WILD MAN...40 pounds gone within months! 70 gone within 6 months! People were inspired...talked about me. Not like my good friends that lost over 100 pounds but I felt accomplished...I had sprinted...so I began to eat...returned to old habits...my part was done...right?
I blogged like a professional! People were INSPIRED by my words. They read! Sometimes because they were interested! Sometimes...unfortunately...be
cause a team leader started a campaign to MAKE people read the words...which I STILL HATE TO THIS DAY! When people stopped reading...commenting...being inspired...I all but stopped...though I still have 100s of ideas I would LOVE to talk about!
I lead a team and am PROUD to have breathed NEW LIFE in a wavering team! I carried the biggest pompoms...yelled the loudest...INSPIRED MANY! I sprinted daily...neglecting my business, my personal life, my journey to health...just to inspire others. I MADE a DIFFERENCE! A FEW gave support back...but only a few...and that is OK. I didn't do it for THEIR SUPPORT...I DID IT...because THAT is the GIFT I BRING to the table!
I SPARKED LIKE SO MANY OF YOU...EXCESSIVELY...and I sprinted and sprinted and sprinted...until I realized...wait...the journey to health...is NOT A SPRINT!
So...I approach my sophomore year on SPARK wide eyed and ready to learn NEW SKILLS!
In most areas of my life...I am embracing the fact that I am a sprinter! Yes...I will continue to run through life very quickly, inspiring others, making an impact and moving on!
Concerning my journey to health...I may not have the determination to train for hours to go long distances. I may NEVER run a 13.1 marathon...and THAT IS OK! Heck...I may NEVER RACE AGAIN...but with the support of a couple of KEY PEOPLE...I am vowing to be OPEN TO THE IDEA of pushing myself harder...further...MORE consistently...with BOTH food AND exercise!
I am GRATEFUL to SPARK PEOPLE! No...I may no longer blog, lead a team, post to a forum, even be outwardly active...but SPARK PEOPLE has taught me to LOOK AT MYSELF and admit...I AM A SPRINTER...and I am OK with that!!!
In the starting blocks and ready for the next leg of the race...(I have NEVER had to go for this long...) let the JOURNEY BEGIN!