Posted by: David D. Daggett | October 13, 2008

Be Where You Are

Be Where You Are

       Where are we? Where do we want to be? These questions began floating around my head this past weekend as we watched the 2008 Ironman World Championship. Even the kids talked about going back to Hawaii.

     As we watched the live web cast (all day!) it sure made us think about being somewhere that we couldn’t be at that time. It brought back memories of meeting Chrissie Wellington, and all of the Hawaii attractions we enjoyed. Although it is always fun to dream and wonder, it got us thinking about all that we had where we are, now.

It is probably part of the personality of result oriented, driven iron people to look past the present. This tendency can make us miss the joys that are present right where we are. Life has purpose and meaning. Usually they are right in front of us. All we have to do is reconnect to the “now” and appreciate the present.

So, while we were watching, and dreaming, of Hawaii, what was right in front of us? For our family, it was a weekend full of our anchors. We all had a lot of physical activity. The kids love riding their bikes, and I now have to run hard to keep up with them! We enjoyed family and Church activities together. Cindy and I had a Law School dinner that wove in our professional lives.

Ironman day was a great day in our house. The atmosphere was peaceful. Well, except when Chrissie was on the side of the road with a flat tire. We were all “there” with her, and then had fun cheering her back to the front. We had a great time together as a family. Kids are great at helping us enjoy the moment instead of allowing our minds to be elsewhere.

Of course we still want to dream and keep our eyes on those future goals, but we also want to focus on and be part of the present. When we really turn our attention to where we are right now to maximize the moment we in turn elevate everyone and everything around us. It is almost like finish line excitement!

Be where you are,

David

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