Three years ago today …
When I was running this morning I passed one of the Bicycle People(tm). He was on his hands and knees, barfing like it was an Olympic event. His friends were looking on sympathetically through their iPhones.
I felt bad for him, so I offered some uplifting words of encouragement: “Hey! Too much breakfast, numb nuts!” And do you know, I think it did him some good, because he was able to gather his strength enough to raise one hand and offer me a salute as I went on my way.
. . . well, ok, I admit it, that second part didn’t actually happen, but it sure does make the story better.
Now you might be thinking, “ok Mike, yes, that is a little rude and maybe even marginally funny. What’s it got to do with our theme of raising it up?”
Just this: runners, hikers and bikers are really, really good encouragers. Really, really friendly and helpful. Really, really good at offering athletic support …
>”Stop right there! We see what you’re up to.”<
Ok, sorry, but it is true that if you’re lagging or struggling out there on the trail or in a race, especially in a race, people will cheer you on and help you over the line if need be. And you’ll just naturally want to do that for other people too. Upward spiral activated, hearts in motion, game on.
See you out there! Or should I say up there?