Look at this email I received from a co-worker, today. Earlier I asked him to make a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and support me in my quest to complete two half-Ironman and one full Ironman in 2006:
"What makes you so confident you can even complete your first Ironman? Isn't it too risky? Maybe I'll make a donation after you do your first, or if you decide to ever do another one."
How do you respond?
Fire back a clever, piss and vinegar screed?
After a few hours of chewing on the note I replied:
"Some say we’re headed towards the future. I believe the truth is the future is headed towards us. And it’s in a hurry. We also generally think that the present makes sense only in light of the past. Again, we need to check our thinking. The present makes clearest sense in the light of the future. Some people like you prefer to write history by looking at the past. I like to turn that notion on its ear and create history ahead of time. Why forecast when I could backcast? I’ll begin with the end in mind. The future is always incipient in the present. I'll see you after crossing the finish line. Have no doubt in the future. Now, how about making that donation?"