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January 2010

 

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As America’s Ambassador of F.U.N., I want to share a perspective with you on the ‘N’ this month (N stands for “eNjoy the Journey). Enjoying the Journey has everything to do with having proper perspective in light of our goals, striving for success, and fighting for our dreams. Once in a while we need to ‘go for the dog,’ as you’ll discover in this inspiring story.

To Living Above the Line,

Erik

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"Go for the Dog"

By Erik Carlson

A 7-year-old girl was playing T-ball. She had never experienced a real life homerun before and, all of a sudden, she found herself with that opportunity about to be realized.

She hit the ball farther than she ever had; clear into the outfield. The crowd was screaming as she rounded first and headed for second. As she rounded second, she could see her parents in the bleachers waving their arms for her to round third and go for the home run. I picture it sort of a ‘slow-motion’ dream state, like a scene from a movie where all life seems to focus in on this one moment.

As she approached third base, she got distracted. She noticed, perched along the fence, a wide-eyed, tail-wagging dog staring right at her. Now came the moment of truth…would she make it safely home for the completion of the dream? The excited little girl rounded third, then froze in her tracks. The crowd did their best to encourage her to run to home plate. The girl looked home, then to the crowd, and then with all the enthusiasm in the world, she went for the dog.

As important as our dreams are, let us not miss out on the opportunities along the journey that call us to “go for the dog.” I’m reminded of my days at the Children’s Hospital in Seattle when I gave one of my patients a box of baseball cards. The boy told me that his favorite player was Ken Griffey Jr. At the top of the box, when he opened it, was a Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie card that I had placed in there for him.

One month later, I came to work, and my colleagues informed me that the boy had passed away (he had cancer). I’m glad I ‘went for the dog’ and took the time to get him that box of baseball cards. Think about a way that you can ‘go for the dog’ this month.

Feel free to pass this along, and share any of your stories with me. I’d love to hear them. I need to hear them. Thanks for being in the journey with me. I treasure you.

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Erik Carlson is a sought after speaker and entertainer. His keynote topics blend the experiences and wisdom from his successful business career, and couples it with side splitting comedy magic that will leave your audience astonished and inspired.

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