On Friday evening I was privileged to hear Martin Parnell speak. He was the keynote speaker at the Finale of Calgary Co-op’s Health Challenge this year. If you want to know more about this man and his amazing accomplishment, here’s a link to start with: http://www.cochranetimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2901873
The article itself is quite informative, but it lacks a picture. Here’s one from the Calgary Metro paper that says a lot about just what it took to get it done!
One of my goals for this year was to show up for my life. I indicate my accomplishments by making a tick mark at the gym. He showed up by completing 250 marathons in 2010. To put that into a bit of perspective, we’re talking about 10550 kilometres or over 12 million steps.
Now, most of us aren’t going to run 250 marathons in one year – or for that matter in one lifetime. I know it’s not going to happen to me (I don’t think!)
However, we could do 250 somethings in one year! And I think, if we did, our world would be a better place. Here’s some “250 things” you might consider doing:
- Write an encouraging note to someone – and mail it (maybe even in a red envelop!)
- Carry a bag and pick up 10 pieces of litter.
- Declutter 5 things from your home and living space.
- Smile at people you don’t know and say hello.
- Pray for someone.
- Go to the gym. Eventually you’ll end up on one of the machines, but showing up is a start!
Got any more ideas? I know I’m on track for showing up at the gym 250 times this year (That’s 5 days a week, by the way). My decluttering efforts are going smoothly – although I seem to spend more time on that than I had planned.
Mark Parnell did his marathons and inspired everyone who saw him run. We, within our circles of influence, can also “run” our mini marathons!
Have fun and enjoy the journey! If the planet gets a little cleaner, we’ll know why!