Living Intentionally https://imrodmartin.com/ en What I've Learned After 160,000 Miles on a Motorcycle https://imrodmartin.com/blog/living-intentionally/what-ive-learned-after-160000-miles-motorcycle <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">What I&#039;ve Learned After 160,000 Miles on a Motorcycle</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rod</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/06/2022 - 12:51</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-media-image block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-media-image"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-media-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/provus_landscape_large/public/2022-09/goldwing-dragons-tail-edited.jpg?h=67ed2fcd&amp;itok=w6d1K2jo" width="1600" height="500" alt="Goldwing - Tail of the Dragon" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-provus-landscape-large" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogcontent-moderation-control block block-layout-builder block-extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogcontent-moderation-control"> <div class="content"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--50-50"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--first"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-publish-date block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-publish-date"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-06T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, September 6, 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region layout__region--second"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-categories block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-categories"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/blog/living-intentionally" hreflang="en">Living Intentionally</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogbody block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogbody"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p dir="auto">One Friday morning last month I decided to ride to Nashville, TN for lunch.  It's 260 miles so I made it right around 1:00 pm.  I love Nashville and the ride there and back on the coutry roads was incredibly relaxing.</p> <p dir="auto">On my way back I added up the miles I’ve ridden on a motorcycle… around 160,000 (about 260,000 km). Not a lot by some standards but a ton more than people who buy a bike and leave it in their garage.</p> <h3 dir="auto">A few thoughts:</h3> <ol><li dir="auto">There is <strong>nothing</strong> like the open road on a bike. <strong>Nothing</strong>.</li> <li dir="auto">I <strong>love</strong> the Goldwing (just my preference… HD riders are fine people too! :) )</li> <li dir="auto">If you <strong>appear approachable</strong>, people everywhere will ask where you’re heading, strike up a conversation and wish you well… and <strong>I love that</strong>.</li> <li dir="auto">People are <strong>generally decent</strong>.</li> <li dir="auto"><strong>Some are not.</strong></li> <li dir="auto">Even when gas is $3.79 a gallon, you can go o<strong>ver 200 miles for under $20.</strong></li> <li dir="auto">I love long stretches of straight road… the Goldwing is <strong>so perfectly balanced you can ride for miles with no hands.</strong></li> <li dir="auto">Bluetooth in my helmet means I’ve had some <strong>amazing phone conversations</strong> with friends I don’t always get to talk to.</li> <li dir="auto">In light of # 8… Secure your phone well to your bike. There’s nothing like dropping your phone on a bridge in mid-conversation with someone and the <strong>last words they hear are… "Oh crap".</strong></li> <li dir="auto">Don’t be afraid to ask for help. No matter how strong you are you can’t lift a 900 pound bike out of a ditch when it’s upside down by yourself. <strong>People are always willing to help </strong>(see #4).</li> </ol><p dir="auto">I’d love to think that I’ll get another hundred thousand miles in before I can’t ride anymore… But then there’s always a Can-Am Spider.</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2022-09/goldwing-back-side.jpg?itok=OkpOstPc" width="480" height="269" alt="Goldwing Back side" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-tags block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-tags"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/20" hreflang="en">Goldwing</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/15" hreflang="en">Motorcycle</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/21" hreflang="en">Joy</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogaddtoany block block-layout-builder block-extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogaddtoany"> <div class="content"> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://imrodmartin.com/blog/living-intentionally/what-ive-learned-after-160000-miles-motorcycle" data-a2a-title="What I&#039;ve Learned After 160,000 Miles on a Motorcycle"><a href="#" class="a2a_button_facebook"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Facebook</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_twitter"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Twitter</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_linkedin"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on LinkedIn</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_email"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Email</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_print"><span class="a2a_label">Print this</span></a></span> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 06 Sep 2022 16:51:05 +0000 Rod 18 at https://imrodmartin.com Follow Up to Jane Marczewski's Passing https://imrodmartin.com/blog/living-intentionally/follow-jane-marczewskis-passing <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Follow Up to Jane Marczewski&#039;s Passing</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rod</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 03/08/2022 - 12:53</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-media-image block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-media-image"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-media-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/provus_landscape_large/public/2022-09/Screen%20Shot%202022-03-08%20at%209.50.47%20AM.png?h=11d8e1d1&amp;itok=Q0S1o1Wp" width="1600" height="500" alt="Nightbirde - Memorial Service" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-provus-landscape-large" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogcontent-moderation-control block block-layout-builder block-extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogcontent-moderation-control"> <div class="content"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--50-50"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--first"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-publish-date block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-publish-date"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-03-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, March 8, 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region layout__region--second"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-categories block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-categories"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/blog/living-intentionally" hreflang="en">Living Intentionally</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogbody block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogbody"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>If you followed her story, you know she was a devout follower of Jesus.  He gave her strength and joy - a sentiment echoed in her blog over and over.</p> <p>The memorial service was held at the church she grew up in - Cornerstone Church in Heath OH.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-video block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-video"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-video field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Blog Video</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-oembed-video field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item"><iframe src="/media/oembed?url=https%3A//www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3D9C6t3eIkc2I&amp;max_width=0&amp;max_height=0&amp;hash=0_33UCgVdIn00IUKx2TkI8H-_Zesheuwfik8JsEVN1Y" frameborder="0" allowtransparency width="200" height="113" class="media-oembed-content" title="Jane Marczewski (a.k.a. Nightbirde) Celebration of Life Memorial Service"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogaddtoany block block-layout-builder block-extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogaddtoany"> <div class="content"> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://imrodmartin.com/blog/living-intentionally/follow-jane-marczewskis-passing" data-a2a-title="Follow Up to Jane Marczewski&#039;s Passing"><a href="#" class="a2a_button_facebook"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Facebook</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_twitter"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Twitter</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_linkedin"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on LinkedIn</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_email"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Email</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_print"><span class="a2a_label">Print this</span></a></span> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 08 Mar 2022 17:53:30 +0000 Rod 20 at https://imrodmartin.com A Remarkable Person https://imrodmartin.com/blog/living-intentionally/remarkable-person <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">A Remarkable Person</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rod</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 02/25/2022 - 12:52</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-media-image block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-media-image"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-media-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/provus_landscape_large/public/2022-09/Screen%20Shot%202022-02-25%20at%205.25.04%20PM.png?h=a0dab4f7&amp;itok=Y9vvoRYX" width="1600" height="500" alt="Nightbirde" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-provus-landscape-large" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogcontent-moderation-control block block-layout-builder block-extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogcontent-moderation-control"> <div class="content"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--50-50"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--first"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-publish-date block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-publish-date"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-02-25T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Friday, February 25, 2022</time> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region layout__region--second"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-categories block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-categories"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/blog/living-intentionally" hreflang="en">Living Intentionally</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogbody block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogbody"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Do you know who Jane Marczewski was? She died this week at the age of 31. You might remember her if you re-watch her audition on America's got Talent.</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-oembed-video field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item"><iframe src="/media/oembed?url=https%3A//www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DCZJvBfoHDk0&amp;max_width=0&amp;max_height=0&amp;hash=OIVCzIeCqyl_wwFIHs9i4OWSzuLHD5RdOSp9L1bSKkE" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="" width="200" height="113" class="media-oembed-content" title="Golden Buzzer: Nightbirde's Original Song Makes Simon Cowell Emotional - America's Got Talent 2021"></iframe> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p>In her last blog post she wrote: </p> <p><strong><em>"I don’t think it’s meaningless, the story that says God sculpted us from clay. Of all the things He made, humankind was the first that He touched. The first breath we tasted was His exhale. I don’t think it’s meaningless that the first time humanity looked up at the eyes of God, His hands were dirty and He was close. </em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Maybe we missed it—what God showed us when He first introduced Himself: that He will crawl into the dirt to be near us, and He will fill our lungs with air when we don’t know how to breathe."</em></strong></p> <h4><strong>That's awesome. </strong></h4> <p>(<a href="https://www.nightbirde.co/blog">https://www.nightbirde.co/blog</a>)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-tags block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-tags"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/22" hreflang="en">Impact</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogaddtoany block block-layout-builder block-extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogaddtoany"> <div class="content"> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://imrodmartin.com/blog/living-intentionally/remarkable-person" data-a2a-title="A Remarkable Person"><a href="#" class="a2a_button_facebook"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Facebook</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_twitter"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Twitter</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_linkedin"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on LinkedIn</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_email"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Email</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_print"><span class="a2a_label">Print this</span></a></span> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 25 Feb 2022 17:52:30 +0000 Rod 19 at https://imrodmartin.com Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery https://imrodmartin.com/blog/living-intentionally/wreath-laying-ceremony-arlington-cemetery <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rod</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:35</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-media-image block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-media-image"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-media-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/provus_landscape_large/public/2022-09/SafariScreenSnapz006.jpg?h=b0aab522&amp;itok=0-WIyCz5" width="1600" height="500" alt="Wreath laying at the tomb of the unknown soldier" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-provus-landscape-large" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogcontent-moderation-control block block-layout-builder block-extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogcontent-moderation-control"> <div class="content"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--50-50"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--first"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-publish-date block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-publish-date"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2017-06-26T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Monday, June 26, 2017</time> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region layout__region--second"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-categories block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-categories"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/blog/living-intentionally" hreflang="en">Living Intentionally</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogbody block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogbody"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>At the time of this writing, I've been an American citizen for just under two weeks.  Two days ago I flew to Washington DC to surprise a friend of mine, Bobby Litchge.</p> <p>Bobby is a 90 year old veteran of World War 2.  He's as tough as they come and still incredibly active.  He's someone I really admire on so many levels.</p> <p>Along with three other veterans from S.E. Indiana, he was tasked with laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetary.  It turned out to be a 22 hour day for me but what a privilege it was to be there!</p> <p>Here's the video... (My friend, Bobby is the guy in the front row on the right during the ceremony).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-video block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-video"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-video field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Blog Video</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-oembed-video field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item"><iframe src="/media/oembed?url=https%3A//vimeo.com/223198213&amp;max_width=0&amp;max_height=0&amp;hash=zoeLlBRV3n2PWHjTdm0f7ebUXpbEgGDre2ZQehksB_o" frameborder="0" allowtransparency width="640" height="360" class="media-oembed-content" title="June 25, 2017 Honor Wreath - Indiana Veterans"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogaddtoany block block-layout-builder block-extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogaddtoany"> <div class="content"> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://imrodmartin.com/blog/living-intentionally/wreath-laying-ceremony-arlington-cemetery" data-a2a-title="Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery"><a href="#" class="a2a_button_facebook"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Facebook</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_twitter"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Twitter</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_linkedin"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on LinkedIn</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_email"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Email</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_print"><span class="a2a_label">Print this</span></a></span> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:35:45 +0000 Rod 7 at https://imrodmartin.com Stop and Consider What Others Might Be Going Through https://imrodmartin.com/blog/living-intentionally/stop-and-consider-what-others-might-be-going-through <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Stop and Consider What Others Might Be Going Through</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rod</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:34</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-media-image block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-media-image"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-media-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/provus_landscape_large/public/2022-09/goldwing.jpg?h=dcfbaee9&amp;itok=KUx9S4Y5" width="1600" height="500" alt="Honda Goldwing" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-provus-landscape-large" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogcontent-moderation-control block block-layout-builder block-extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogcontent-moderation-control"> <div class="content"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--50-50"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--first"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-publish-date block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-publish-date"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2017-02-07T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, February 7, 2017</time> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region layout__region--second"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-categories block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-categories"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/blog/living-intentionally" hreflang="en">Living Intentionally</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogbody block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogbody"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I was reminded of an excerpt from Guy Kawasaki's book "Enchantment" this morning...</p> <p><strong>People are not binary.</strong> People are not ones or zeros, smart or dumb, worthwhile or worthless. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, positives and negatives, competencies and deficiencies.</p> <p><strong>Everyone is better than you at something.</strong> People who don’t accept others often think they are superior to everyone. But no one is superior to everyone in every way. You may be a rich investment banker, but the person you look down upon may be a great teacher.</p> <p><strong>People are more similar than they are different.</strong> At a basic level, almost everyone wants to raise a family, do something meaningful, and enjoy life. This is true across races, cultures, creeds, colors, and countries. If you looked, you would discover that you have a lot in common with people whom you don’t like.</p> <p><strong>People deserve a break.</strong> The stressed and unorganized person who doesn’t have the same priorities as you may be dealing with an autistic child, abusive spouse, fading parents, or cancer. Don’t judge people until you’ve walked a kilometer in their shoes. Give them a break instead.</p> <h3>Not such a great moment...</h3> <p>A few months ago I was riding my motorcycle through town when a guy turned into my lane from a side street and almost hit me.  I'll admit - I was angry.  I swerved, hit the horn and was determined to give him a piece of my mind.  As we came up to the next intersection, he got into the left turn lane so I pulled up beside him and glared.  </p> <p>He was an older guy, and the look on his face told me he was worried.  Some maniac on a bike was upset and gesturing wildly... so he just kept looking forward, dying to turn left and get away.</p> <p>As I pulled away and got a little further down the road, a couple of things hit me.</p> <p>1. Just up the road from where he pulled out is the hospital and a lot of medial professional buildings, including a nursing home and more.<br /> 2.  He had no clue I was there... it wasn't intentional.</p> <p>I have no idea where he was coming from, what was going on in his life or if he'd just gotten some really bad news.  Yes, he almost hit me -- but he didn't.  Was I really justified in getting angry?  Not really.</p> <p>I appreciated the reminder this morning - perhaps you need it too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-tags block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-tags"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/15" hreflang="en">Motorcycle</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div 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https://imrodmartin.com/blog/living-intentionally/new-day <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">A New Day</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rod</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 02/04/2017 - 12:28</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-media-image block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-media-image"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-media-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/provus_landscape_large/public/2022-09/simon-berger-fPQ0D6hv-gY-unsplash-2.png?h=84071268&amp;itok=NIn6JXTp" width="1600" height="500" alt="Morning" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-provus-landscape-large" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogcontent-moderation-control block block-layout-builder block-extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogcontent-moderation-control"> <div class="content"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--50-50"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--first"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-publish-date block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-publish-date"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2017-02-04T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Saturday, February 4, 2017</time> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region layout__region--second"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-categories block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-categories"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/blog/living-intentionally" hreflang="en">Living Intentionally</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogbody block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogbody"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>by Dr. Heartsill Wilson</p> <p>This is the beginning of a new day.<br /> God has given me this day to use as I will.<br /> I can waste it,<br /> Or use it for good.<br /> What I do today is important,<br /> Because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.</p> <p>When tomorrow comes,<br /> This day will be gone forever.<br /> Leaving in its place<br /> Something I have traded for it.<br /> I want it to be gain not loss;<br /> good not evil;<br /> SUCCESS not failure;<br /> In order that I shall not regret the price <br /> I paid for it.</p> <p>Bear Bryant would read this poem every day.  </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-video block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-video"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-video field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Blog Video</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-oembed-video field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item"><iframe src="/media/oembed?url=https%3A//www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3D-XSjAfTDlko&amp;max_width=0&amp;max_height=0&amp;hash=qw-onIfJFKS3Ce_F4LENftqmoKGbASgZMBNYElmam4g" frameborder="0" allowtransparency width="200" 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and It's Been 200 Days https://imrodmartin.com/blog/living-intentionally/life-short-and-its-been-200-days <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Life is Short and It&#039;s Been 200 Days</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rod</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/08/2013 - 09:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-media-image block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-media-image"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-media-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/provus_landscape_large/public/2022-09/Bundesstra%C3%9Fe_200_number.svg_.png?h=026830cb&amp;itok=koy-tip8" width="1600" height="500" alt="200" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-provus-landscape-large" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogcontent-moderation-control block block-layout-builder block-extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogcontent-moderation-control"> <div class="content"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--50-50"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--first"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-publish-date block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-publish-date"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2013-08-19T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Monday, August 19, 2013</time> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region layout__region--second"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-categories block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-categories"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/blog/living-intentionally" hreflang="en">Living Intentionally</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogbody block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogbody"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><meta charset="UTF-8" /></p> <p>It's been 200 days since I saw my 19,000th day. That's: 200 days 4,800 hours 288,000 minutes</p> <p>It's been 200 days since I saw my 19,000th day.</p> <p>That's:</p> <ul><li>200 days</li> <li>4,800 hours</li> <li>288,000 minutes</li> </ul><p>Making every minute count... ever hour... every day - that's the heart of an intentional lifestyle.  And it's HARD.  At least it has been for me!</p> <p>Last November I set up a morning routine consisting of getting up at 6:00 am, spending time reading and reflecting and trying to journal (something I've never really done) among a few other things.  This one change made a huge difference in how I approached ever day.  On the days where I wasn't able to follow the routine, I found that I was not as focused, not as prone to watching for that one moment I could make a remarkable difference in someone else's life.</p> <p>One definite frustration was the workout I started.  One week into it, I got the flu.  It took almost two weeks for me to feel better!  By that time... yep - you guessed it - I didn't really get back into it.  One of the things to recalibrate :)</p> <p>I hit some milestones in the last 200 days...</p> <p> </p> <p><meta charset="UTF-8" /></p> <ul><li>In the span of 3 weeks, I dipped my toe in the Atlantic off the coast of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific in the northwest, and the North Sea off the coast of the Netherlands.</li> <li>I've met some very smart people while presenting training at Intuit in Mountain View, <a href="http://nih.gov/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">NIH</a> in Washington DC and Paul Quinn College in Dallas.</li> <li>I've taught WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and the iPad in Education to some fantastic people in Chicago, Boston, New York, Orlando, Iowa City, Portland, Amsterdam and Toronto.</li> <li>Completed a <a href="/joomlasite/../walk-through-the-old-testament/" target="_blank" title="Walk Through the Old Testament">downloadable guide to the Old Testament Walkthru</a> I've taught over the past 25 years.  Its consistently in the top 3 pages viewed on my blog.</li> <li>I've given two dozen copies of a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/1613753187" rel="noopener" target="_blank">great book</a> out to people all over place!</li> <li>I got a person to actually smile while walking in downtown Chicago!</li> </ul><p>There's more... but those are some of the highlights.</p> <p>The next 200 days include a trip to Prague, more training in DC, Boston, New York, Chicago; a vacation in SC (whew - time alone with Teresa!); leading worship in my church (still can't believe they let me sing lol)... and whatever else God brings my way... it's gonna be fun!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-video block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-video"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-video field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Blog Video</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-oembed-video field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item"><iframe src="/media/oembed?url=https%3A//www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3D1afiezhYLu4&amp;max_width=0&amp;max_height=0&amp;hash=VnMqjSKs5XfZy6Bc1MN0S1l6xKlCNMexFTJZGKJOEeg" frameborder="0" allowtransparency width="200" height="113" class="media-oembed-content" title="Life Is Short And So Am I"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogaddtoany block block-layout-builder block-extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogaddtoany"> <div class="content"> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://imrodmartin.com/blog/living-intentionally/life-short-and-its-been-200-days" data-a2a-title="Life is Short and It&#039;s Been 200 Days"><a href="#" class="a2a_button_facebook"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Facebook</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_twitter"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Twitter</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_linkedin"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on LinkedIn</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_email"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Email</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_print"><span class="a2a_label">Print this</span></a></span> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:45:55 +0000 Rod 25 at https://imrodmartin.com