Monday, October 16, 2017

BOMPA



Today, October 16th is my Grandpa, Neal Turner's birthday.

BOMPA.

My Grandpa Neal passed away in November of 1980, just after I turned 15 and shortly after he turned 75.

We were close.

Right before or right as I was starting school, my mom went back to finish her college degree.  I spent a lot of time with my Grandpa.

It was great.

Grandpa knew sports.

I liked sports.

We had a winning combination.

BOMPA.

Grandpa would take me and my brothers to a golf driving range....SMITTY'S.  I always wondered when we went, why did Grandpa get the bucket of balls that looked new, when we got the bucket of "has been" range balls?

Grandpa was like the "Norm of Cheers" at Smitty's.  First named basis with Smitty himself!  "Hey Smitty!"  "How ya doin Neal?"

So many memories that there isn't enough space here in the BEST YEAR YET blog to write them all.

I love pancakes....because of Grandpa Neal.  He made them the best (sorry Mom and Chris).
I loved HIS chocolate cake with 7 minute frosting (sorry Mom and Chris...yours is good, but just not quite like Grandpa's).
Every year at Christmas, he would get my brother and me a joint subscription to "The Sporting News."  
He taught me how to respect the game of golf.  One of my favorite stories, which I use to this day when talking to successful business leaders about the importance of coaching:

  • I must have been around 8 or 9.  We had moved away from Lincoln to Plano, Texas. We were back in Lincoln for an event and I was at my Grandparents home in Lincoln. I was doing what any 8-9 year old would do and was making noise in the living room. Grandpa had his eyes glued to the golf tournament on TV.  As I was making noise, Grandpa "shussed" me.  "Tim...shhhh...Jack's putting."  I'm thinking, "Jack can't hear me!"  This started my appreciation for the game that carried well after Grandpa left us.
  • Fast forward to 2006.  I love the Master's Golf Tournament and make plans, each year, to watch it...especially the final round.  Well in 2006, it was the 20th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus winning the Master's at the age of 46.  I was watching one of those "look back" shows that highlighted Jack's historic win.  People thought he was washed up and was done.  Leading up to that tournament, Jack wasn't playing real well.  He was having a hard time hitting his tee shot straight.  His son Jack, as his caddie at the time and he noticed that his dad was not doing a normal routine he had done for years when teeing up his ball.  Jack told his son that he was right.....he made the change, started to hit his drive straight and the rest is, well, you know, history.
  • The point is, even the best, need a coach.  
  • If not for Grandpa, I might not have learned that lesson some 30 + years later.
The ring in the picture above...that was his ring.  For Christmas, after he passed away, my Grandma gave me his ring with a handwritten card that said, 
"Dear Tim, 
Grandpa always said "Tim is to have my ring."  What better time than Christmas for you to get it.  It was given to him by Bill Stessman, one of his very best and loved friends.  Always take care of it, Tim, as it was Grandpa's favorite."

Man, I remember opening this up, that day, almost 37 years ago, and trying to read the card through my tears.  Man, I missed my Grandpa....and still do.

So, today, I remember him and his legacy.  

As I continue to journey through my BEST YEAR YET, I think I'll make it a point to be a NEAL TURNER and even a Bill Stessman!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

NUMBER 9



Today, Sunday October 15, 2017, I completed my 9th full marathon by running THE NEBRASKA MARATHON.

The day started out windy and chilly and ended windy and comfortable....at least in marathoner language.

The race started out in Mid-Town Omaha and ran to the down town area.  After a few turns and such, you made it out of down town around mile 5 only to return, briefly, around mile 7.

At mile 10, you cross over the Bob Kerry Pedestrian bridge into Iowa and at Mile 11, the half marathon turns back to the finish as the full marathon goes out another 7 miles and makes a turn at mile 18 to head back to the finish.

Once I passed that 11 mile mark, I was pretty much running alone.  

This gave me a lot of time...like almost 3 hours....to think.

I don't mind running alone...but I think I would like a group or someone to run with.

In the first half of the race, I saw someone with a shirt from this year's Chicago Marathon (which just ran last weekend).  I commented on her shirt and asked which distance she was going today?  She was running the half and I told her that I did that same combo last year.

We chatted a bit and off I went.  I needed to stop around mile 6 to stretch out my calf and she came up on me.  We ran and chatted for a couple of miles.

What caught my attention is that so many runners knew her. They were calling out her name and she was "Hi-5ing" them.  So I asked, "you seem to know many runners out here.  Are you in a running group or club?"  She said she was and told me the 2 clubs she was a part of and once again...away I went.

Here's my running problem (if you can call it that)....I don't like to talk when I run.  

I like to think.

I like to dream.

I like to pray.

Would I have to give that up to be in a group?

I don't know.

I do know this....when she and I were running and talking, the couple of miles flew by.  My hurting calf was not even a thought.

I like competition, and being in a running group might help that part out as well.

So, as I end the 2017 Running Season and BEST YEAR YET 3.0....maybe there is change on the horizon as we start to think about NUMBER 10 and beyond!

By the way....caught up with the CHEERLEADER a couple of times on the course.  ALWAYS right when I needed it!  Hearing that jumbo cowbell she rings is always soothing to my ears! 

Thanks honey for always being there.

The CHEERLEADER and me after it was over!

Not sure if Bella is excited that I finished..the cool medal..or the awesome beanie!



Saturday, October 14, 2017

DRESS FOR SUCCESS



Tomorrow, I take on my 9th full marathon at THE NEBRASKA MARATHON, in Omaha.

If you can't tell by the pic, that is a full bubble wrap outfit...with bubble wrapped helmet!

I think this should be my wardrobe for the rest of today and warming up tomorrow!

I don't know what it is, but when I get close to race day...race time...I become even more aware of my surroundings.

I guess it is mostly due to the one time a couple of days before my 2nd marathon, in 2014, when I was walking off of a deck and I thought I had cleared all the steps...only to find there was one more and I crashed and hurt my knee. 

From then on, I tend to be a bit....cautious, you might say!

Really?

Should I really live my life looking for the missing steps or the uneven sidewalk or anything else that will keep my head down? 

Shouldn't I, instead, keep my eyes up and witness all of the beauty around me?

I think it's something in-between.

In the Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, "For we walk by faith, and not by sight." [NKJV]

Another translation of the same Bible verse says it this way, "For we live by believing and not by seeing." [NLT]

What do you believe?  

Are you fearful that "bad" is going to happen?  Or do you look to live your life by YOUR DESIGN and not by default?

So my encouragement to all of us today is to LIVE/WALK by our FAITH/BELIEVING....but in doing that, let's also DRESS FOR SUCCESS by doing as the Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians chapter 6, and put on THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD! (Ephesians 6:10-18)

By the way...that 2nd Marathon where I hurt my knee...that is where I ran my personal best
4:25:43.

MAKE it a great BEST YEAR YET day!


Friday, October 13, 2017

TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA



In honor of today, Friday, October 13th, I thought I would do a little #FunFactFriday.

TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA is the "fear of the number 13."

Yep, it is a true phobia or fear.

Let's take it a step further:  FRIGGATRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA is the "fear of Friday the 13th."

Why 13?

Some say it's because there were 13 people at the Last Supper.

Some say it's because there were 13 steps to the gallows.

Some schools of numerology, the number 12 is considered the number of perfection and completion.  It stands to reason then that trying to improve on perfection by adding a digit is a very bad idea indeed - your greed will be rewarded with bad luck.

Some sports greats wore number 13 and always came up short:  Dan Marino (football) and Steve Nash (basketball), to name a couple.

Some buildings are so superstitious that the don't have a 13th floor (the elevator skips from 12 to 14).  I worked in a building like this.

But I say it's just a number.

Here are some good things that are associated with the number 13:  

My oldest sister (and the first born of our family) was born on the 13th.

One of the greatest (to me) football stories is of Kurt Warner who went from stocking shelves at a Hy-Vee grocery store to now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Kurt wore #13 throughout his NFL career.

I'll end our little #FunFactFriday with this: NASA Mission Apollo 13.  

Some will say that it was not a success, but I beg to differ.  

Yes, there was the famous quote, "Houston, we've had a problem here" (Astronaut Jack Swigert, Apollo 13), but what took place to get those three astronauts back to earth safely was, to me, a fantastic show of TEAMWORK, intelligence, and a bit of luck!

When it was announced that there was going to be an Apollo 13 mission, Commander Jim Lovell's wife Marilyn expressed her concern about the mission's number to her husband by asking, "Why 13?"  Her husband's answer, "It comes after 12, hon."




Thursday, October 12, 2017

GO



In yesterday's blog, we discussed two words that carry a BIG impact:  LET GO!

If we are going to LET GO of those things that are holding us back from our BEST YEAR YET (comparing; judgements; anger; regret; worrying; fear; etc.), then we are going to have to replace those things with positive actions.

So, after we LET GO, we need to GO!

GO where?

go
ɡō/
verb
  1. 1.
    move from one place or point to another; travel.
  2. 2.
    leave; depart.

GO is an action word.  

It does something.

It doesn't just sit and do nothing.

Do you know that some times, we don't know ALL the answers until we GO?

In the Bible, a guy named Saul (later on his name is changed to Paul) was told to, "Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."

Has that ever happened to you?  Maybe not the way it happened with Saul, but has it happened that the answer you were looking for didn't come to you until you started doing something?

GO.

What can you do today that can separate you from what is holding you back?

Like Saul, where is your "CITY" that you need to GO to?

Your "CITY" could be:
  • A different job
  • A different house
  • Consistently getting quiet so that you can hear better
  • A new location...truly a new city
  • It would be a variety of things.....
Whatever it is, GO there!

I think I'll GO.  Who wants to come with me?




Wednesday, October 11, 2017

LET GO



LET GO.

Two words that carry a BIG impact.

Let GO of comparing.

Let GO of competing.

Let GO of judgements.

Let GO of anger.

Let GO of regrets.

Let GO of worrying.

Let GO of blame.

Let GO of guilt.

Let GO of fear.

Let GO of the past.

What are you holding on to that is keeping you from your BEST YEAR YET?

LET GO.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

TOMORROW



YESTERDAY.
YESTERDAY you said you would start reading more.  
YESTERDAY you said that you would go to bed earlier.
YESTERDAY you said that you would start eating clean...again.
YESTERDAY you said you would start working out...again.  
YESTERDAY.
YESTERDAY YOU SAID you would do all of these things TOMORROW.
You know what? It's TOMORROW.
So what is holding us back?  Absolutely nothing.  
Excuses don't reside in your BEST YEAR YET.
TOMORROW becomes TODAY and YESTERDAY is gone forever.
What will you decide to do TODAY that your TOMORROW self will thank you for?
START that new workout.
START that new eating plan.
START writing that book.
START reading more.
START giving more.
START loving more.
MAKE a decision TODAY that every TOMORROW moving forward is a NEW DAY.  
It is THE TODAY you have been waiting for!