HILLY COMPLETED. CHECK
BILL TIRED. DOUBLE CHECK.
BILL HAPPY IT IS OVER. TRIPLE CHECK.
Ever had those times when the brain just doesn’t seem to be working on all cylinders? Yeah…that’s me. After riding 57 miles on Saturday in 50 degree chilly and oftentimes drizzly weather, the ride came to an end. About mile 48 my right knee started hurting, but I “gutted” it out for the next 9. Not so sure that was a smart thing, but pride can be an ugly thing.
Pride…an ugly thing. My oldest daughter, Tami, sent me a link last week to an article that I wanted to use. I don’t suspect there is a person on the planet, at least one who listens to the news, who has not heard of the Lance Armstrong saga. I have been truly saddened by it. Not because he is my hero. He isn’t. He has proven himself to be less than honorable in some things. His books are peppered with language I would not want my child to read or hear, especially from me. As an agnostic, I know he is being true to his “calling.” But I am saddened because 1) I have been a staunch supporter of “innocent until proven guilty” and 2) I admire his Livestrong Foundation’s efforts to help in the fight against cancer. What the fallout of this whole saga to his foundation will be is anyone’s guess, but it is sad.
But there is also some positive news that comes out of this story. Check out this link Tami sent me. I admire Scott’s decision to take a stand against using Performing Enhancing Drugs. What stuck out to me in the article was not all the information he gave. What stuck out to me was what was said in the phone call from his wife. I have no clue if Scott is a follower of Christ or not, but integrity is not a Christian/non-Christian issue. It is a character issue. Integrity is something every one of us needs. As a businessman/woman. As a homemaker. As a teacher. As an entrepreneur. As a pastor. As a student. You name it…integrity is essential. If a person cannot be trusted then why do business with him/her?
How important is integrity to you? Do you find it as something that is lacking more and more in your profession?
Speaking of integrity: one of my newer readers is celebrating a special time in her life. Betty and her husband, Ace, celebrated 48 years of marriage this past Saturday. You can read her story here. Drop by and leave a comment. Quite a testimony! Well done Ace and Betty!