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Notes from Steve

January 25, 2021

One of my goals for 2021 is to try things and do things that I once thought “nope”.  I rode my bike a couple of times in this past month - once it was really cold and then this week when it wasn’t. My perspective from the first time was “this is awful and I really don’t want to do it again”.  Primarily because I thought I had frost bite on my left foot - because I couldn’t feel it.  So I thought - "besides my dead foot - how was the ride?”  And it wasn’t too bad.

So I bought electric socks.  And they are great.  I think this may solve my “it’s too cold” excuse.  

I remember 20 years ago or so, we helped to start up the fitness center in Eagle Grove. After running it for a couple of years, one comment we heard from people who weren’t members was that if we had a shower available, they’d definitely join - we put one in and they didn’t join.  

With this in mind, I am going to make an effort to ask myself and others that if they (or me) give an excuse is it really valid (dead foot) or do they just not want to do something so any excuse will do? 

Dad used to tell me that if I didn’t want to do something, any excuse will do. But going forward, let’s just be honest … tell me the truth or I will try and solve the problem.  So if I "put in the shower” because that’s your excuse, I’ll expect you to join (unless you tell me “Steve, Thanks but I’m not interested.”).  Fyi.

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