Two quotes that I’ve read a long time ago hang in my mind today.
The first is “Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone,” by Gertrude Stein.
Let me be silent no more.
Thank you to all in the ‘Boomer Nation for your comments and emails on my last post where I wrote about my glaucoma diagnosis. Your words of prayer, encouragement, advice and resources are sincerely appreciated. They are printed and taped to my bathroom mirror and read daily. They have lead me to become more informed about the disease, the treatments, and organizations specializing in eye health. I’m finally reading two books by Lance Armstrong that have been on my to-do list for years. Your words inspire me to keep training and stay positive. They remind me to remain faithful, prayerful, humble and diligent in following my doctor’s directions. Through you I know that I am not alone and feeling sorry for myself is a poor pastime. I know I am less about the condition of my sight and more about my relationships and the good I see and foster in others. I promise you; your words were not written in vain.
Looking beyond today I’m reminded of another quote. Lyndon B. Johnson said, “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose.” And, with those words I know there’s no better way for me to exit the one-man pity party than to…
...get my RACE on!
On Sunday I’ll race in the River Cities Sprint Triathlon in Shreveport, LA. This is one of those races that are just as much festival as they are triathlon. And, the course record is owned by none other than Lance Armstrong. How cool is that? Sort of has that 'halowed ground' feel to it.
Look out Armstrong! I might be behind you but I’m movin’ fast!
(91 days to my first Ironman)