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A strange and surprisingly fantastic thing is unfolding in my life right now. It's strange in that it's one of those things that you just can't make up. And yet, paradoxically, it's also quite perfect. This "thing" seems to have been taking shape unbeknownst to me over the last...I don't know how long...years, maybe.

Had all of this been left to me, I would have never created something this crazy & wonderful! The only good explanation is that there has absolutely been some divine intervention at play here. A power much greater than me has masterfully brought the right people together at precisely the right time and the result- nothing short of "big magic".

A year ago- heck, who am I kidding?- 2 weeks ago, I hated to run, and uphill running- NEVER!! Today, I'm all in!

To give you a little background, for the last several months I've been a part of a physician leadership development program. A group of doctors from around the state meet every month or so to learn about leadership. This group is like nothing I've experienced before. On one hand, it's great learning alongside like-minded lifetime learners who are crazy-committed to the amazing art of medicine. On the other hand, these people are special- they represent amazingly diverse interests, unique gifts, and endearing quirks that have me in constant awe.

What's so awesome here, you may be wondering? Well, at first blush, perhaps not much. But, spend a minute here and you will feel it- it's magic. Not magic, like feigning something fantastical, but rather, what I call "big magic"- that sense of wonderful chemistry and synergy that is nothing short of divine.

So, back to the uphill racing. Have you ever heard of a Ragnar? I hadn't either, before a couple of weeks ago. And now- well, not only do I know about a Ragnar race (a brutal mountain run, with LOTS of uphill), but, I'm also on a team made up of members of this leadership group and a few of our spouses (including mine). What?!? Am I crazy?! Well, honestly, this is truly pretty darn crazy! And, yet, I'm not only signed up, but I'm absolutely inspired! I'm excited about it AND I'm terrified. The cool thing is that I know that I can and will do this thing. I won't be alone. I have an amazing team of goofy, smart human beings (who happen to know CPR) rooting for me and me for them.

Together we will conquer a great mountain and the profound significance of this "thing" is not lost on me. This is a VERY... BIG....DEAL... on so many levels.