Dropping the baton

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched. Aesop C 550 B.C. I’m not sure if you remember the 2008 summer Olympic Games, but in the track and field category, there was one event that was particularly disappointing: the 4 by 100 meter relay race. For those not familiar with a relay race, each team has four runners. One runner starts the race and carries a baton. At the end of 100 meters, there’s a transfer zone where the runner hands the baton to the next runner. If the hand off isn’t completed in the designated zone — or …
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The high price of avoidance

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. Jim Rohn 1930 – 2009 It’s unfortunate, but most people tend to avoid doing the things which will have the biggest impact on their lives. We’ve been taught since childhood to be careful, to avoid failure, and to stay away from danger. We’ve become conditioned to steer clear of conflict and problems and to avoid threats to our sense of self. But avoidance comes with a price. All worthy goals in life require us to try something new, to explore unknown territory, to …
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Mountain Sickness

Slow and steady wins the race. Aesop c. 550 B.C. Unless you’re into mountain climbing or skiing at high altitudes, you’ve probably never heard of mountain sickness. There are two types: one is rather mild and occurs at relatively low altitudes, while high altitude pulmonary edema can be very serious, even deadly. The basic cause of each is that the rate of ascent into higher altitudes outpaces the body’s ability to adjust. If a climber took a helicopter and landed halfway up a very high mountain to shorten the time to the top, he’d almost certainly contract the more serious …
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