Don’t waste a moment on this earth….
I started out with the best intention to get a recap post in on Memorial Day, but as the weekend wore on I found my chance slipping away until it was too late and I was too tired. Part of the reason, I happened to hear a thought-provoking podcast from former SEAL, Jocko Willink. One of the lines that jumped out at me was he said “don’t waste a minute on this earth“, and that just got me thinking about all the things we get wrapped up in that have no meaning and no purpose in our grand plan. Mr. Willink’s sentiment is focused on the men and women who have bravely fought for us and are no longer here to waste their time. It’s an intense podcast which most people will not listen to completion. It’s hard to hear about death and sorrow if you don’t understand about the people who serve. You can listen to the podcast here.
Don’t wast a moment on this earth…..
Most people celebrate the Memorial Day weekend as a good time to get things done around the house, cookout, plant gardens and just relax from the work week. But as most people are aware Memorial Day is also a day to reflect on those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country and will not be participating in any of the events we hold dear in modern American life. No matter what you think about the present day political situations or wars of the past, one thing is for sure, those that were called up or voluntarily went to fight wars on behest of the leaders of our government did so without question and did what they were told. I often think of my Grandfather who served in WWII. He voluntarily signed up without even knowing what really was going on overseas. Unlike today where we have news that informs us, back then it was just bits and pieces and nothing was real-time. It’s a kind of bravery I hope we never lose. War is a terrible thing and even more terrible is losing loved ones who go and fight, therefore, in my humble opinion we can never forget those that do for us, willingly and without question.
Don’t waste a moment on this earth….
Work hard to find your purpose and embrace it, fine tune it, and live it to the best of your ability. Leave the noise in the background because in the end it’s only noise not your truth. Don’t hold back compassion for those around you because they may not be here tomorrow. Smile and hug often. Know what is important and leave folly at the wayside. Don’t be afraid to move on and find what works for you. Be present for yourself and those around you; a monumental task in itself these days. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life, nothing is certain, you have to take chances, and you have to work hard at all things. Most dreams don’t play out the way we run them through our minds. We get frustrated and sometimes give up and lose our purpose. Always stand fast and learn to bend, because those dreams might not be exactly how you planned them to work out, but if you believe and work hard enough they will work out the way they should in the end – and sometimes better than you ever imagined.
The month of May was a banner month for miles. I was able to complete 118.69. I was hoping for more but the weather! Rain, rain and more rain. I accomplished these miles by running and cycling (indoors and out). I had a really good ride on the Mt. Vernon trail again and even pushed a little further than before finishing 16.90. The best part is I was able to get up the last hill without getting off the bike! Sweet! The total for this recap is 46.80 miles. I am 220 miles to my halfway point. Keep on going. I have 5877.70 miles remaining in my journey. I thought I would end with a song from Crosby Stills and Nash. I always found it a somber tune and straight to the point. I hope this Sunday finds you well…don’t waste a moment on this earth…Happy Miles to You!!