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Hi there,
Happy belated Mother's Day. I wanted to share a few amusing memories and lessons from my Mom:

Just Make It Happen: My grandmother (Dad's side) was a hoarder. In 2012, after Hurricane Sandy wiped out the first floor of her house, we helped her move from NJ to FL where my parents could assist her. We had dumpsters overflowing with artifacts like house repair receipts from the 1930s and a surprising amount still made it to FL. While helping her unpack in the new home, my mom had to smuggle trash and canned food from the 1980s out the backdoor and around the house while my grandmother was distracted. (Amazingly, my grandmother lived a long healthy life.) Avoiding my grandmother's garbage cans, we had the neighborhood's cans filled.

Use Your Resources: My mom spent most of her work life with Friendly's Restaurant. At one point, she was promoted to general manager and transferred to a store on life support. Running with minimal staffing, I remember spending the occasional Sunday morning standing on a milk crate cooking breakfast on the grill. Unfortunately, she eventually let me serve a few tables. When I realized the power of tips, she had lost her cook forever. Through her efforts and many, many long days, the store did rise again.

You Can Do Anything: I remember coming home to my parents' house and seeing this HEAVY couch (with a pull-out bed) magically moved from the office into the living room through a narrow doorway. It had taken my Dad and me a bit of maneuvering to get it into there. What did it take to get it out? Apparently, just my Mom's iron will.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: By mid-October, my mom starts decorating the inside of her house for Christmas (the yard is insane, too -- she's THAT house in the neighborhood). She hosts an annual Christmas party where there's Bingo and kids game until Santa arrives. Two or three years ago, the kids had to do a scavenger hunt and count Christmas Trees, either pictured or physically present in the house. Needless to say, we all lost count in the upper 80s. Even more remarkably, by January 3rd, you can't tell Christmas ever happened.

Speaking of Memories 

There's nothing like reminiscing about the past. Similar to the moments above, my pastor always brings up John 20:4 speaking of Easter morning:

So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first.

John was "the other disciple." A teenager at the time of Jesus' death, he wrote his gospel as an old man. Can you picture the smile on his face as he wrote that line and remembered his long-departed friend?

The humor is even more striking for its triviality during such a momentous moment. John was able to make the moment timeless through writing. 

Blogger Ali Abdaal recommended a similar exercise called "Homework For Life" from the book Storyworthy.

The idea is that at the end of every day, we should spend a few minutes thinking “What’s the most story-worthy thing that happened today?” Then we should make a spreadsheet of each of our Storyworthy moments, and over time, we’ll build up a bank of stories that we can develop and share with others.

I don't know if I've got the energy for one more thing, but I think the concept is cool. I know I've written before about journalling. Just write, your life will be richer for it.

What's one memory you'd like to remember or share from this week or maybe this year?

Running on Crazy

As mentioned last week, I'm participating in the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee 1000k (GRVAT). I have from May 1 until August 31st to run approximately ~634 miles or ~5 miles/day. Thanks for agreeing to be my accountability partner.

As of earlier today, the leader was at 592.3 miles (in 12 days). I'd guess she's closing in on the finish as there are two guys chasing within 10 miles. She has 10x more miles than me. Unbelievable.

My progress for the last week:

Wed: 6.13
Thur: 3.01
Fri: 5.21
Sat: 5.44 ("Wedding day" hike with the wife.)
Sun: 10.77 (Blazing fast with my brother! Last cool morning before summer?)
Mon: 0
Tues: 7.41

Total Miles this Week: 37.97 miles (WHOA!)
Cumulative Miles: 60.47 miles
+/- from Finishing Pace: +0.5

Quote of the Week

"Whatsoever doth happen in the world, is, in the course of nature, as usual and ordinary as a rose in the spring, and fruit in summer. Of the same nature is sickness and death; slander, and lying in wait, and whatsoever else ordinarily doth unto fools use to be occasion either of joy or sorrow."
- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Until next week, stay safe, sane, and intentional.

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