It's the road signs, 'Beware of lions.'
Kip Lagat, Kenyan distance runner, during the Sydney Olympics, explaining why his country produces so many great runners - borrowed from a Runners World daily inspirational e-mail.
Somehow I think I am a bit inferior for being inspired by the big challenges in life. It seems a really well balanced person would be inspired by the most mundane days. But I am probably not one of those well balanced people. Every day I get a tiny e-mail with an inspirational tidbit from Runners World. Most of the time I don't find them inspirational at all. The one about the lions is now posted above my computer at my desk. I like the idea of threat of lions challenging young men to become olympic quality runners.
There are lions in my workplace. But like the runner, I only need to focus on what I am doing. Not on what they are doing. I don't need to go out in the bush and deal with them, I just need to focus on the road ahead and do my level best at what I am doing.
I like the big days better than the little days at work. These are some big days and I feel that I am rising to the challenge. I have a ton of difficult, challenging work to do and I can get it done.
I have a full day at work and then I am meeting with a sponsee after work. We were texting last thing last night and first thing this morning. I think I really like texting as a quick way to communicate between sponsor and sponsee. I wouldn't dare try it with my sponsor though - she doesn't even e-mail! She sees computers as a way to isolate! I don't think I am going to change her mind about that.
Care to join me staying sober today, no matter what those lions are doing?