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We need more stories like this in the news!

A wonderful story that needs to be shared —

People helping People! 

Love it, Coach Lucy

A Boston Marathon good Samaritan has been identified, thanks to a grateful runner’s Facebook plea.

Laura Wellington, 25, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was half a mile from the finish line when the bombs went off, promptly halting the race.

Police diverted her away from the finish line where her family and boyfriend, Bryan O’Neil, were planning to meet her. She panicked.

“Knowing that my family was at the finish line waiting for me, I started panicking, trying to call them. Diverted away from the finish line, I started walking down Mass Ave towards Symphony Hall still not knowing where my family was. Right before the intersection of Huntington, I was able to get in touch with Bryan and found out he was with my family and they were safe. I was just so happy to hear his voice that I sat down and started crying. Just couldn’t hold it back,” Wellington wrote.

As she wept, a marathon participant who had already completed the race passed by — and gave her his medal.

Wellington wrote about the kind man and his wife on Facebook.

“At that moment, a couple walking by stopped. The woman took the space tent off her husband, who had finished the marathon, and wrapped it around me. She asked me if I was okay, if I knew where my family was. I reassured her I knew where they were and I would be okay. The man then asked me if I finished to which I nodded ‘no.’ He then proceeded to take the medal off from around his neck and placed it around mine. He told me, ‘You are a finisher in my eyes.’ I was barely able to choke out a ‘thank you’ between my tears.”

She ended her post with gratefulness:

“Odds are I will never see this couple again, but I’m reaching out with the slim chance that I will be able to express to them just what this gesture meant to me. I was so in need of a familiar face at that point in time. This couple reassured me that even though such a terrible thing had happened, everything was going to be okay.”

Her post went viral.

Soon Wellington had a name: Brent Cunningham.

When the Sitka, Alaska, man learned Wellington was looking for him — his daughter, Kailee, recognized the story on Facebook and immediately identified her parents — he contacted her over Facebook.

“This is the craziest story,” Cunningham, regional director of Alaska Young Life, told the Toronto Star by telephone. “I never thought we’d connect again. Why would we? How would we?”

“I just wanted to let her know she was amazing. I said, ‘You’re a finisher in my eyes.’ That was that,” Cunningham added. “She was so emotional she couldn’t talk. And I’ve been emotional about it at least five times since then.”

Of his generous gift, Cunningham insists he has no regrets about giving away his medal.

“She needed it more than I needed it. I just wanted her to know that ‘you’re worth it.’ With everything that has happened, our world is looking for hope. My whole life is about loving God and loving others. That’s who I am.”

He told Channel 2 that in times of crisis, it’s important to seek out moments of shared humanity.

“It’s my way to care for someone,” Cunningham said. “I didn’t know the families who went through the great trauma they’ve been through, but I guess it’s just a great reminder to know where you’re at today: you can love someone in your own world.”

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Are You Guilty of “Goal Vaulting” In Life?

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Are You Guilty of “Goal Vaulting” In Life?

Decades ago I heard the term “goal vaulting”. It was a real eye opener about the way I was reacting with my personal competitions and in some areas of my life.  Awareness is the first step in change and I’m happy to have learned this lesson sooner rather than later in life.  Allow me to explain the concept and how it may be impacting your life too.

As a competitive athlete I am very determined, disciplined and committed.  Any strength can become a weakness if not balanced. My desire to be a professional athlete meant daily training and competing in two or three tournaments every month. I put a tremendous amount of pressure and demands on myself during my highly competitive years.

Granted, I had numerous sponsors and the prize money was only given to first and second place finishers but, there’s more to competing than winning or losing.  The mental aspect is as important as the physical.  I was “goal vaulting” my performances.  I would train and focus on competing in a specific tournament, play well, and even win. However, while driving home I was already diminishing my victory and thinking about my next tournament.

Goal vaulting is jumping from one goal into the next goal without taking time to acknowledge and celebrate your efforts and achievement.  As you can imagine, this can create burnout and other challenges.

Have you ever had a project in school, at work or at home that involved an intense amount of time and effort to complete?  Once finished, did you immediately immerse yourself in another project or did you take some time to reward yourself for all your hard work?  This can even apply in relationships; parents often fail to realize the effects of their influence until after their child becomes an adult.

Sadly, I feel today’s society focuses far too much on just the end results, pushing many to the brink of exhaustion striving for constant perfection.  Therein lies the misconception, perfection is short lived, if obtained at all.  Life is not about perfection nor the destination; it is about the journey and what happens along the way.

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One of my all-time favorite books, which later became a movie, is The Peaceful Warrior, by Dan Millman.  The story contains great insight and wisdom and, because it made a profound impact on me, I highly recommend it to others. Live in the present moment not in the past or the future.  Enjoy the journey, be happy and find the joy in life.

My competitiveness is still alive and well but my focus is on striving to be the best I can every day in every situation, on and off the court.  We can only control our efforts, not the outcome. Worrying is negative goal setting for the future and fear-based.  Let go of the past and spend time focusing on the present, in faith.

Our greatest fear isCLICK HERE (this is true for everyone)!

January is, for many, a time to set goals with the start of the new year.  My advice is: focus on your WHY.  Knowing “why” attaches emotion to the goal and this internal motivator will inspire you when the external factors begin to press down on you.

It is never too late to be what you want to be.  Every day provides new opportunities.

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Coach Lucy

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Post Event – 4th Annual Tweak the Treat

It’s the habit, not the plan, that makes all the difference; action is required.  TCOY = Take Care of You    Coach Lucy

Thank you all for sharing in my vision…

In 2009, I set out to create a family event focused on Total Wellness (head, heart and body).  By changing the way we THINK (head), giving/ sharing with our troops (heart) and getting physically active (body)…we will be healthier and happier!  It’s working too; the event not only has regular attendees but each year it continues to grow and impact more lives.

Imagine the JOY on  the troops faces when they receive the care-packages with treats and cards of appreciation just days before Thanksgiving!  Holidays can be tough on anyone but being thousands of miles away from home and loved ones makes it even more challenging.  Yes, lives are being touched in a beautiful way here and abroad.

Mirroring:  Things CAUGHT rather than TAUGHT.  Children watch and respond to what they see.  A returning family approached me and told me while they were out “trick or treating” with their daughter, she turned to them and said, “Look at all this candy I’m going to be able to share with the troop!”   How priceless is that!!!

During the event, kids are given the opportunity to have their faces painted by the talented Carol Miner of Balloon Garden.  Also, they get active by going into to the KIDS GYM to play on the climbing wall and other fun activities.  In addition, local sponsors provide family fun activities  to participate in later.

A special  THANK  YOU to Specialist William Longston, Army, who represented our Military at the 4th Annual Tweak the Treat event on Sunday, Nov. 4th.  This young man is a graduate from Olathe North and told me “I love being able to serve our country!”  His passion is obvious and we are blessed as a nation to have wonderful soldiers such as BJ.

Keep our troops in your prayers.  Also, help me in thanking the sponsors who donated…

Sponsors:

TCOY Wellness, Durrie Vision, Klein Orthodontics, Appletree Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Dr. Cindy Taylor owner of Quivira Crossing Vet Clinic, Dr. Michael Flanery DC, Diana & Randy Foster – The Studio 56,  Team Mannatech, Rosco Halsey – Edward Jones, Prairie Life Fitness,  Tiger Rock Karate – Olathe,  Carol Miner – Artist  at Balloon Garden (face-painting), Bethany Spilde – Social Buzz Media, Monkey Bizness & Little Monkey Bizness, St. Andrews Golf,  Title Boxing,  Cosmic Golf, Kosama, Planet Beach Contempo Spa, Jennifer Shelton Yoga along with numerous friends who stepped up to help make this a truly awesome and memorable event.

Valley Park Elementary joined in the efforts too and has been collecting candy all week long…a lot of candy too!

Thank you one and all!  Video coming in December. I want to include pictures of the TROOPS opening up and enjoying the care-packages.

To learn more about the event:

http://overlandpark.macaronikid.com/article/379897/4th-annual-tweak-the-treat

“LIKE” the fan pages – http://www.facebook.com/tweakthetreat

“It is the soldier,not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the organizer, who gave us freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag. And who coffin is draped by the flag, who allows protester to burn the flag.”   Unknown

THAT TREE

Love this article and the amazing photo’s of “That Tree”. Great story!

I remember weeping willows from my youth that were HUGE! And who else remember good ol’ tire swings?

So often we miss the obvious beauty God has planted and provided for us. Autumn is a beautiful season to get out and take it all in. Do things at different times of the day, just like the photographer did. See things from a different perspective.

Nature is beautiful!

THE ARTICLE: Tree Stalker – Photographing a year in the life of a tree.

 

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