I am proud to announce that I am now raising money to fund research to find treatments, and hopefully a cure, for the cancer that took my father’s life. Dad passed away from esophageal cancer in 2015. I am training for the New York Marathon as part of the DeGregorio Family Foundation’s team, which provides grants to researchers to fund their efforts in this valiant effort. If you’d like to contribute, please click here.
I get my work ethic from Dad. Here’s a story that illustrates Dad’s work ethic, which I like to think rubbed off on me a little. One of his first jobs was working for a gardener, and there were times when he would have to dig ditches. It was a skill he carried with him throughout his life. If you haven’t dug ditches, you may not recognize this as a skill. If you have, you know that the ability to keep digging until the job is done requires a special state of mind.
One time when Dad and I were working on a project together, I asked him how he kept going when I was so very tired. Dad said it’s all about the wheel barrow. It works when you’re digging ditches, and the metaphor carries to almost any task. You see, when you’re dead tired, and all you want to do is quit, you almost always still have one more wheelbarrow’s worth of effort left in you. So you make yourself a deal; that you won’t quit until you finish the wheelbarrow you’re working on.
And then, when you’re done with that wheelbarrow, there is a very good chance that you can make that deal again. Think about it. Yes, you’re tired. Yes, you’ve done a lot of work. But can you do just one more wheelbarrow? I think you can. And if you will just believe in yourself, you will complete one more wheelbarrow.
I think we all know what comes next.
That’s kind of how a marathon works, too. You make deals with yourself. If you can finish mile 13, you’ll be fine. And then you make another agreement, and soon enough, mile 14 belongs to you, too. Eventually, 26 wheelbarrows are full, and you can see the finish line. Nobody quits in site of the finish line.
If you can’t afford to give, there are so many other ways you can help!
- Shop Amazon. I’m a huge Amazon fan. They have good pricing, great service, and an amazing selection. If you follow this link, a small portion of what you spend will come my way. Same great pricing as if you don’t click the link, but your purchase helps the cause. I’ve donated $500 so far, but will also be giving 100% of the funds I receive through Amazon to charity. Win win!
- Share JamesIsRunning.com on your social media. Facebook, Google+, Twitter, whatever. There are links at the bottom of this page to make it easy. Anything that spreads the word is tremendously appreciated.
- Egg subscription. Free range hens provide an heirloom bouquet of brown, pink, and blue eggs. This one is for coworkers only, unless you can pick up. Again, contact me for details.
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I’ve used various images on this page. With the exception of the photo of my father, they’ve been posted publicly with a Creative Commons attribution license, meaning people can use the images if they thank the author and attribute ownership on the page. These images belong to their creators – please click the links to see more of their work.
Cash register image courtesy of Sean McMenemy, who posted it with a Creative Commons attribution license. Thank you, Sean!
Transfusion image courtesy of Brian, who posted it with a Creative Commons attribution license. Thank you, Brian!