THE 16,067-FOOT JOURNEY

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” and so does a 16,067 foot summit climb. In less than two weeks, I will be embarking on such a journey, but the preparations began about a year ago. Every mountaineering expedition has a season. The climbing season for Mt. Vinson Massif in Antarctica begins in November and ends in January.

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What do you take for granted?

“To take for granted” means to underestimate the value of someone or something.  I think we can all relate to this….whether it is the relationships in our lives (our parents, spouse, significant other, children, friends) or whether it’s a job, a possession (a car for transportation, a house for shelter) or our health.

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Thomas Fabbri
Take the Stairs, Not the Elevator

Most people that know me, know I run stairs. This is part of my training, whether it’s for climbing mountains or competitive bodybuilding or part of my “move to live” philosophy. This is not only great for leg muscles and glutes, but it is an excellent cardio routine. I won’t say it’s easy, but I will tell you it’s worth it! Likewise, in life, things rarely come easy. There is no elevator to success! Not only is “take the stairs, not the elevator” great advice for our physical well-being, it is actually a metaphor for other things in our life.

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Thomas Fabbri
86,400

Why should this number be important to you? It’s the number of seconds each of us is given every day! We must spend every second of every day because today’s seconds don’t carry over to tomorrow. Think of it like a daily deposit we get into our time account. How do you spend your deposit? There are many things that divide our time. Most of us have jobs we spend a portion of our time. We all have a family that we use some of our deposit on. Then there is sleep that takes up more of our seconds. What do we spend the rest of the seconds, minutes, and hours of the day? When we get to the end of our lives, what do we want to show for this valuable resource we are given every day?

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Thomas Fabbri