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The mountain and the valley in a life

We reached the top of the ridge on the way from Niwot to Crested Butte. At that moment the valley opened before us. A valley of snow. A valley of horses. A valley of nature. Then the drive back up the mountain. Both the mountain and the valley have their own beauty. It got me […]

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Blue sky, blue water and kindness

Where does kindness come from?  Why do some just understand the beauty of giving of their time and effort to help another without any payback in sight, while others are always acting in the exact opposite way. Kindness is such a great quality to have. It makes the rest of the day easy. It lifts […]

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The trapeze bar

We finished the 21-15-9 workout. Naturally, that was after the warmup and the strength set and before the post 100 sit ups.  As we headed out of the Crossfit box I saw the smiles on the athletes faces and the upbeat chatter. The music was still pounding in the background. What are you doing with […]

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Feel the day

The Crossfit workout was intense. That is the way it was built to be. Afterward, we sat having some green tea and reflecting on the morning adventure. It is not complicated really. We just want to feel the day. Feel the exhaustion. Feel that drain and then  feel the rebirth of energy. The key word […]

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The rope climb

I remember being in gym class in school…the early years. The challenge was the rope climb. Climb that rope, touch the ceiling, get back down. Try not to get rope burns. No one wore gloves then so you always “burned” your hands on the rope sooner or later. It was such a test of wills. […]

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Fort Campbell, the Big Red 1 and the road trip

As we pulled into Clarksville,Tennessee we started seeing the signs. Not big glaring signs. Subtle ones. An army uniform. A pickup truck with eagles on it. A lot of American flags. The song The Last Train to Clarksville kept running through my mind. Fort Campbell is close by. The home of the 101. The Big […]

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Do You Have a Rhino in Your Life?

It was in the Chitwan National Park in Nepal that the rhino came into my life. Oh I had seen the rhino in zoos and photographs but never like this before. On foot we wandered through the jungle sanctuary and there he was. At one moment he started to charge us but then I guess […]

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Beyond Expectations

Acting without expectation always has been the challenge. It is important to have positive goals but acting with a set expectation of how the effort will turn out is a dangerous play. Once you are acting with expectations it colors the effort. You can only present your best when you are focused on the now […]

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Being present in your life

January 13, 2010: The Relevance factor: I have often heard the story of people who could not wait to retire..to stop the stress of the day…and plan days of recreation( whether the golf community or some other activity), who shortly thereafter deteriorate quickly, lose their edge, or die just a few years after the “joyous” […]

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