Six months.

Have you missed me?

It has been entirely too long since I last wrote a blog post. Balancing work and life has proven to be a serious obstacle for me this past year.  Often times, when extremely busy, it is hard to stop and smell the roses and even more so too easy to overlook the things that inspire me. I only write about the things that inspire me and writing about them is always a cathartic process.  I miss it.

First, let me apologize for the profanity in the title. However, as previously stated I only write about things that speak to me.  I am a pretty simple person.  No reason to use extra words to effectively communicate with me. The title is simple, direct and 100% on target. No sugar coating needed. Hopefully thesse simple, but effective words can inspire you as well. It is the simplest of things that strike me as profound.

I have a small dose of non travel time ahead of me and am looking forward to getting back to a routine so I can get my head and health back to a stable pattern.  After the close of the

Best Ranger Competition

, my sixth event in six months, I found myself in a serious discussion.  Our small group was talking about my seemingly lack of motivation, my need to re-focus, military service and a plethora of other things. We talked about having no excuses.  My military friends were sharing that one of the best aspects of their military service was the opportunity to learn, "you have to show up".

As we were talking I instantly reflected on my past week at the Best Ranger Competition and with my Ranger family. I thought about all the sweet compliments people paid me and said about me.  The one thing that stands out from the rest is  knowing that if nothing else I always "get my shit on and show up".

Whether I feel like it or not.  No matter how ill I may feel or tired I may be.  No matter the hurt or pain that is involved I need to always get up, put my clothes on, equip myself and show up.

....and that goes for you too!

Personally, I do this for the people that I love, for the legacy I want to leave and for the story I want to tell.  I will always show up.  I cannot let them down.  Hence the 100% and then some.

Woody Allen says, "80% of success is just showing up".

Now Use It!

As I breezed through this topic of conversation with cadre and friends -- my thoughts always came back to my seemingly intolerance of laziness or lazy mindedness.  I am convinced no one gains from laziness and one certainly is not performing God's work if one is being lazy. Anyone can work with under skilled, but lazy is an entirely different issue.

“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” 
― Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Moral of the story.  Be  inspirational.  Be unlazy! (Yes, I do believe I made that word up!). Be the 'passion that is an undistinguishable fire'.  How do you do this?