21 August 2009

Todie's Wild Ride: Watch the Weather

This summer has been a busy one, and as such I haven't had much time to blog. For my readers I apologize, but offer the following heart felt story for you to read. I came across it after picking up a Geocoin named Todie's Wild Ride: Watch the Weather during an afternoon of Geocaching with my kids last week (ironically it was on one of the first GREAT weather days of this summer.)

You see .....

"Tod was taken from us on Aug 12th, 2008 when a careless driver pulled into the lane Tod was riding his motorcycle in. Tod braked hard to avoid the truck, which stopped before crossing fully into Tod's lane, the bike went into a skid. When Tod missed the truck, we surmise that he released the brake, sealing his doom. The bike high-sided, flipping 3 times before coming to a rest at the side of the road, Tod never let go.However, Tod's head hit the pavement, killing Tod instantly. Tod never had a chance since he wasn't wearing a DOT approved helmet (he wore a novelty helmet, much like a batting helmet in thickness), this is why I believe wholeheartedly in helmets! Please teach your young to wear a helmet and PLEASE wear one yourselves!

Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers...

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.' The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.. 'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else---the small stuff. 'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18.. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand. One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.' The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

Please share this with someone you care about. I JUST DID!


I don't normally pass on such messages, especially if they are "spammed" to me, however I found this one, and was moved by the story. It has rained A LOT this summer, and yet as a result of coming across this little Geocoin, I've looked at the rain a little differently.

I never met Tod, but hope he is resting in peace, and that his legacy lives on.
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