"If you want to run fast, run alone. If you want to run far, run together!"
The past 3 weeks I've been able to post some amazing photos and adventures from around the world. It's easy to be positive, excited, and to be the best version of yourself when you're on vacation. The challenge is how do we make our everyday lives extraordinary and what should we be living for?
At church this week, our pastor stated, "most people still live for themselves". Talk about a gut check. It reminded me of a post on social media I read recently written by Steve Jobs. He died a billionaire at 56 yrs. of Pancreatic Cancer and here are his last words on his sick bed: "I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others' eyes my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy." He goes on to mention, “material things lost can always be found again and whether the house we live in is 300 or 3,000 square ft. - loneliness is the same.” STEVE JOBS had LITTLE JOY aside from work! My recent vacation and Steve Jobs words have helped me see what truly is important. Relationships.
Let's be honest, I would have never left the state of Ohio in my life if it wasn't for my wife. We have traveled the world together and she makes me better every day. Whether she puts a sign on our toilet that says, "out of service" because the handle has broken and it causes me to learn how to fix a toilet or if she cuts my birthday wishlist of material things down because a grown man doesn't realistically need 20 pairs of basketball shoes...or a birthday wishlist for that matter. She makes me better. She encourages me when I need it and pushes me when I need a kick in the butt. I'm grateful for her!
You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Are you making them better? Are they making you better? Whether it's your significant other, friend, coworker, or family member, don't run alone, run together!