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6 Contemplations During My Run Today

sign_careful-no-brain1-lgI am in training for another event. I can’t reveal it yet because I haven’t finalized all the details. I have to travel a long way to get there and I want everything just right. It’s not Boston. It’s not even a marathon. But for me, it’s a big deal.

So today’s run was 7 miles, and it’s the first time I’ve been out that long for months. I’ve got a long way to go to be ready for this late-January event, but if I follow the training I will do well.

I ended up with a fair amount of walking breaks today, and it was a good day to just see where my thoughts would take me. They took me to my Dad. He’s been gone for 15 years now, but still with me in so many ways. Since I worked in his factory through college, I’d like to think I got a lot of ideas for safety from him. Truthfully, I got a ton of ideas about life from him. Here are a few that I remembered today.

  1. Too much of any one thing is not good for you. That’s so right about so many things. Too much food, too much exercise, too much work, to much play, too much money.  If you have enough that you can say it’s too much, it’s time to course correct somehow. If you happen to be in the “too much money” category, I might have a few ideas to help you out!
  2. Be Careful. It was always the last thing he or my Mom said when we left the house. Whether we were teens early in our driving careers or adults visiting from wherever we lived at the time.
  3. If we were all the same, we’d all be the same. He really said that, and it has stuck with me. I’m very involved with the diversity and inclusion efforts where I work, and this phrase makes me smile whenever I think of it.
  4. Do as I say, not as I do. I think I only actually heard him say this once, but it was implied, especially in regard to swearing.
  5. It’s just as easy to like a girl from the west side as it is to like a girl who is from the east side. I grew up in Cleveland, in the western suburbs, and ended up dating a girl who lived in an eastern suburb. It wasn’t a background issue, just a practicality of driving issue. I think I’m even more practical than him – I’ve told my boys that it’s just as easy to fall in love with a rich girl.
  6. That’s enough for now. Good advice, and sort of goes with #1. We usually heard this after an afternoon of water skiing when he drove the boat. It’s also good advice for this post!

Do any of your parent’s sayings stay with you today?

And you know mine – Let’s be careful out there!

Anna at abdpbt is responsible for the effort to Fight Listless Mondays. Find other list links on her blog. Her lists and the others linked there always give you something to think about, and may even make you smile!
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  2. abdpbtNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s see, pearls of wisdom from my parents include: “That’s life in the big city,” “There will always be somebody who is smarter/funnier/better than you,” and “Look it up yourself.”

    If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go shoot myself. :)

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    TimNo Gravatar Reply:

    You’ll be saying “Did you Google that?”, or whatever we are doing beyond google by then.

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