A message from George
I've always believed that things happen for a reason...but once they do...it's your responsibility to execute on the opportunity. 6 years ago I couldn't run more than a few miles. 4 years ago I had never heard of an ultramarathon. So it's safe to say distance running is not in my bloodlines. But each and every day we are presented with new possibilities, complex problems and unique scenarios. There's no way to predict what's next. But what I've learned (through plenty of mistakes of my own) is that every decision we make on a daily basis can/will have exponential impact on the future.
I feel very blessed to have befriended Mike Horvath when I did...and to have reconnected with him years later as his business partner. I've learned much from watching Mike and his wife Jolie compassionately raise a beautiful little girl with a very serious medical condition. And I've been inspired by Luci as she battles and continues to persevere (with a huge smile on her face) despite facing the type of sick days that I can't even imagine. And experiencing them on a way too consistent basis.
Making the decision to run across the Sahara for Luci was a simple one. As has every decision since. Yet everyday now...sometimes only once or twice but usually much more I get the common questions...what insane adventure are you attempting next? Are you crazy? Why do you do this to yourself? Are you running to your next presentation? And I usually just chuckle and robotically shake my head in agreement...of course I'm nuts (thinking wow if you think this is nuts you should've seen me in college!) But then I think…how is anything nuts when you're following your heart and doing what you love? And how is it crazy when that passion sparks such life, such desire and so many intense emotions - fear, excitement, wonderment, jubilation, heartbreak? Sounds pretty sane to me.
To my amazing family, friends, colleagues and everyone else who has supported me along the way there is no way I could properly thank you. You are my inspiration, my strength and my fuel. And you are the reason why I'm constantly pushing my limitations to find what lies on the other side. I feel very fortunate to be healthy enough to attempt these feats and while the fire continues to burn strong...I plan on making it count. The following is a quote that has transformed my life and I hope it does the same for you...
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Marianne Williamson, used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech