Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Small Talk

Lately I've been a blog stalker.  I love reading the thoughts and writings of people who inspire me, like Stephanie Nielson and my dear friend Monya Williams, who is going through chemotherapy for breast cancer right now.  I admire how these women are sharing their lives with others.  On the flipside, I wonder why I am writing about such trivial stuff while they are dealing with life and death.

However, I think life is made up of trivial things.  And if we find joy in the small things, life is better all around.  Right?

So I type.  And tell you how this little sport called triathlon helped fill some kind of space in my heart.  How crossing a finish line, or learning how to become a faster runner made me a more confident, happier person.  And how, in some way, I am honoring my father who devoted his entire career helping others achieve their goals and dreams through athletics and recreation. 

I take pride in knowing I helped others do things they didn't think was possible just one year ago -- Ian, Jana and my kids finishing their first 10k.  Ryan and Greg getting dubbed Ironmen in Panama City.  Dave finishing Tour de Tucson in the top eschelon of it's competitors and knowing he borrowed my bike for his first ride. 

It's all just trivial stuff in the grand scheme of things.  But it's the little things that make up the big things.  And we all need to Dream Big, because that's what makes life worth living.


  1. I really like this post alot. I don't know why...be it just made me really happy to be your kid. I love you.
    Love, Abby

  2. Very good stuff, simple yet poignant. Me likey, Jim

  3. Lorie: If I was not in the battle of my life right now I would be running and cycling right next to you. I have devoted the last 10-12 years exercising at least 2-3 hours a day, there is so much joy that comes from doing what you love, I am inspired by you and your dedication. Someday I will be back cycling and running again and life will be "normal" well at least for me. Thanks for your sincerity and passion for doing what you love and sharing it with others.


Que lindo es sonar despierto.
How lovely it is to dream while you are awake.

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