As the TV sets of
the world tune into London, England I thought it would be appropriate
to touch on the Olympics being hosted there. Lots of excitement,
energy, and the work of thousands of volunteers and staff to
make it come together and to make it run smoothly.
I'd like to focus on the
spirit of the games...
The Olympic Spirit
"...not to win but to
The Olympic spirit is best expressed in the Olympic
"The most important thing in the
Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most
important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The
essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought
All too often the
Olympics devolves into politics which cheapens them and the
hard work of all the athletes, their coaches, their families, and
their supportive communities from their respective countries.
Becoming an Olympian can be the highlight of an
athlete's life or it can be the continuation of
their dream to draw from inside to bring out the best of themselves
and test themselves in competition with the world's best.
We salute those who
created the arenas where these Olympians can test themselves and see
what they are fully capable of doing; their coaches, their families,
and their supportive communities. Each plays a part in the on-going
success of the athletes who take part.
Let me ask you, "Do you have
the heart and spirit of an Olympian?"
In the arena's of
your daily life, your career, your business, and your relationships
- do you strive to fight well, struggle, and maximize your potential
success in each arena?
Struggle is a part of
life; a valued part. It helps make us stronger, proves our desires
and commitments, and keeps us focused on what is truly important in
our lives. Struggles are inevitable - and how we deal with them
reveals whether we have the heart and spirit of an Olympian or just
a dream with no dedication to make it a reality.
Until next month, keep
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey,
This is a picture of our
Aunt Eva during our visit last month. This is Eva,
with a big smile and a positive attitude. It is how I will always
me... she lives the Olympic spirit. In spite of her struggles
with cancer she remains positive and she fights the good fight.
We were fortunate to have
spent a week with her in her home. Sadly, a couple of days after we
headed home she was taken back to the hospital and is now residing
in a hospice for the rest of her journey.
We still hope to visit
with her again next month (Sept) when I fly out to speak in
Harrision Hot Springs. At this point we don't know if she will still
be with us. That remains outside of our hands, although we can hope
to be able to visit her one more time.
Aunt Eva has played an
important role in Irene's life. She has been a champion, a
cheerleader, and a coach. Most importantly, she has been a friend
and a source of love and support. When I entered the picture she
welcomed me with open arms and made me a part of her family as well.
I treasure the visits and laughs we have shared. I hope to have at
least one more.
e-zine is dedicated to Aunt Eva and her amazing
Just had to include this shot of our completed
raised parking pad and the rebuilt utility trailer.
As some of you know from
previous e-zines I had this bright idea last year to kill off
some grass by building a raised parking pad in our backyard so
we could have a place to park a couple of our cars when not in
Well, 18 tonnes
later it is done.
Not sure how many shovels or wheelbarrows that
was, but it was a lot of work. And I struggled to find places for
the extra gravel by the pond, by the culverts, on the
driveway. It was finally done last week. Interesting how
something so physical can hurt and stress your muscles and yet give
you a sense of satisfaction. Similar to rebuilding a little
utility trailer we got from Irene's dad. I ended up stripping it
right down to the frame as the deck had rotted through and building
a nice little trailer we can use to take things to the dump or other
Sometimes, life provides
success, one shovel at a time.
PS: As a bonus, I have
worked off 15 pounds and am down a pant size!
July was primarily a time to work on our place
here in the country. Irene is working from home (sadly, she has a
sick building) doing data analysis so she can work from here too.
Having her working from home has allowed me to clean up and
catch up on a few projects. Got the two front decks
cleaned; sprayed and waterproofed; completed rebuilding the pond;
rebuilt the trailer; finished the parking pad; built a nice little
deck pond; and got the deck pool up and 'tested',
- Along the way I have
been working on client presentations for September. September will
be a very busy month with flights to Toronto, Vancouver, London.
ON and a 2nd visit to TO, as well as speaking close to home in
- We had a great CAPS
Edmonton bbq, with time to chat and share ideas and catch
- Just signed an agreement
this week to be the closing keynote for a national conference in
Ottawa next Feb. 2013.
- Working on an email
promotion for August to Associations and have a couple of writing
projects on the back burners as well.
Thanks for reading
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