Archive for the ‘Motivational’ Category

I Keep Meeting the Nicest People!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Today in the local barber shop I met a woman whose daughter is visiting from Canada with her young son who was NOT happy to be having his hair cut.  Warren was absolutely wonderful as he worked his magic with the squirming, screaming boy who was “all done” probably before it started.  It was a joy to be there and see how all present dealt with the situation with such wonderful patience.  There was no yelling or threatening, simply patience and love — what a treat to see!

My friend Warren Goodnow has a history with the PMC dating back to 1981, the year of the second PMC ride, and earlier in the day he showed me a clipping from an old scrapbook that he found with an article printed in the Daily News — I talked him into letting me take that article and scan it into electronic form so that I could pass it on to others who I knew would be interested in seeing it.  That’s what brought me back into his shop.

After the boy’s haircut, as the now quiet boy playing with toys settled himself in, Warren showed them the article explaining all about his experience, which opened up more conversation about the PMC, my riding this year, and the experiences I’ve had before the ride — including conversations with “the nicest people” I keep meeting.

 

A Simple Thanks

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

While on my 80 mile training ride today I stopped at a Dunkin’ Donuts around mile 70 for some fresh cold water and a short rest before completing my ride.  I was sitting at one of the picnic tables along with my bike when a young girl maybe 12-14 years old got out of one of the parked cars and came over to me to thank me for doing the Pan-Mass Challenge, and stated that her father rides, but seeing me she just wanted to thank me.

Her doing that reminded me of thanking our veterans for their service, yet this ride is so different — but then on reflection though perhaps it isn’t.  There are so many stories that people share about loved ones who have battled cancers, some who have won the battle, and some that have lost.  Isn’t that also the way for our military?  There are many sacrifices and battles fought, some are won, and some are lost.

It was at least 30 years after my Vietnam era service that I was thanked for the sacrifices made during that 7 1/2 years I spent in the Navy.  I was shocked by the thanks that came my way, just as I was shocked by the thanks I received today from that young girl who went out of her way to give me simple thanks – and I haven’t even ridden my first PMC!

Celebrate!

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Ten years ago today I was treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston for Prostate Cancer — yesterday I rode my bicycle 76 miles in training for the Pan-Mass Challenge cancer fund-raising event!  Last Saturday I was at Fenway Park, on the field during the singing of our National Anthem!  Today our local paper had my picture and a short storyI seem to be living a charmed life, and I’m celebrating!

Not so for others, however.  Recent family news brought word of an incurable colon cancer which has spread to the liver, in a man MUCH too young to be faced with such a grim diagnosis.  In addition to that, yesterday I was with a friend whose sister seems to be losing her battle with lung cancer.  Today I heard of the diagnosis of another cancer case involving one of the men I know from my morning gym workouts.  Cancer seems to touch everyone, and its effect can be brutal!

On my ride yesterday I found myself even more intense than usual — I found myself thinking about my “Why I ride!” statement, and it’s time to update it.  There has been much progress made in the field of cancer diagnosis, treatment and detection — but we still have work to be done.  That work requires funds, and one way I can support the effort is by intensifying my fund-raising efforts.

If you can possibly do so, please support my PMC ride .

Happy Friends, Happy You?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Is it possible that having happy friends can increase your own happiness?  There is some evidence presented by studies at both Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San Diego which indicate this to be the case.  See the article “Having Happy Friends Can Make You Happy” for the details.  This happiness from happy friends spreads to multiple levels, and seems to have considerable staying power.

Interestingly enough, and thankfully, sadness does not follow the same pattern.