LIVING HEALTHY – ANDY BAXTER – I recently spoke at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Ostensibly the talk revolved around my book, Racing Yesterday, which chronicled my training for and competing in the 2008 Olympic Trials. But what we were really talking about was the pervasive message of the value of SHOWING UP. In order for any endeavor, great or small, arduous or easy, to manifest itself in the physical world you are going to have to show up to make it happen. As Malcolm Gladwell and others have written, there is no overnight success; if you want to achieve mastery you will need to put in your 10,000 hours. Just thinking about it won’t get it done. There is no magic pill; you still have to get out of bed every morning.
We have many artists per capita in our small town of Ashland, Oregon. So many in fact that for years we have rotated artwork on a three month cycle using just our gym member artist’s work. Zelpha Hutton is just such an artist, and has been exercising with us for nine years now. At 82 years of age I can guaranty she has been painting for longer than that. When my manager Jacque asked Zelpha if she would paint an inspirational quote from the book, with our logo included, on the wall, she graciously accepted. And then she showed up, and she did it. And that is no small thing.