Chapter 94

Always Do Your Part--You'll Never Regret It

Today's Empowering Quote

"I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline...  I firmly believe that any man's finest hour--this greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear-- is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle victorious."
--Vince Lombardi

Today's Empowering Question

"Why should I try hard today?"

Today's Fast Session

Well I can't hope to say it any better than that master motivator above, but I'll just add a few feelings about what he said.

Raising children allows us to see the feelings that most adults have when asked to do something difficult, but who, with years of practice as adults, hide the fact that we're bummed out about having to do it.  Boy, you can see the physiology of a child change immediately, can't you?  They can't believe their rotten misfortune at having to do this task.  We adults hide it better...sometimes.

And I'll bet you grumble sometimes too.  I know I do.  Yes, yes.  Don't be shocked. We ALL do it to varying degrees, don't we?

But as is one of the major themes throughout your daily messages, life's not about just playing and doing selfish things that makes it valuable; it's the giving and the sacrifice that puts your mark on this world.  Soon you'll be gone.  There won't be any more "You" to worry about.

Those of you who still drive while you're wasted won't like this story.

A few years ago, my wife and I were coming home from seeing a movie, and we got behind a person who was completely bombed out of their mind.  Stopping in the middle of a busy 3-lane highway, swerving all over, barely missing dozens of cars... who all just drove by, getting where they were going.

It was about 12:00 on a Saturday night, by the way.  It happened to be Prom night for a lot of local high schools.

I couldn't bear the thought of seeing the next day's headlines about a group of teenagers killed by a drunk driver.

I followed this person for about four miles and saw 35-40 very close calls with other cars.  The 911 operator was on the cell phone with me the whole time until the cops showed up.  The person didn't even pull over until he/she drove another quarter mile, driving about 5 miles per hour with the police car right behind them, lights a blazing!

Now, I had other things I wanted to do at that time (like getting some sleep!), but someone probably would've gotten killed without me following back a ways with my flashers on, warning other motorists to be careful as they approached this lunatic at 65-70 MPH, with him/her doing 0-40.

I never got a thank you from anyone, but I saw it as my duty, even if it wasn't in the plans.

My wife was scared as heck throughout the whole thing.  I sounded like a basketball play-by-play announcer while on the phone with the 911 operator.  "Oh, just missed them!  But he'll have another chance in a second. Ooooh!"

Quite a show.

I guess the message today is, do your part. Sacrifice.  Help someone else that needs it.  Put your shoulder down and work. It's good practice for the times when you'll REALLY need all the determination you can muster.  Try as hard as you can at every moment.

Soon enough you'll be where you dream of being.  You won't get home any sooner just because you're thinking about it constantly.

Thanks, Vince.  You were right...

Today's Winning Beliefs

-- Today I'm putting my best effort in everything I do
-- I enjoy my work, no matter what I'm doing
-- I see my obligations as life's cost of admission - and I'm happy to pay it
-- I enjoy the thrill of victory after a job well done

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