What You Can Learn Marching In a Parade @TedxHilliard
Let me be totally honest, when I had the chance to march in the 4th of July Parade I was totally gigged. In times like this, when there is something really exciting planned for the next day, I have adrenaline running through me that I just can’t shut off. I’m usually fine the day before, but that night is sometimes tough.
Golf used to cause this.
Once I wake up it’s hard to get back to sleep. This time was no different. It was 2 bells on July 4th when I turned to look at the alarm clock. As my back cracked with my oscillation I realized that I had hours before I needed to be at the fairgrounds to meet the float. I managed to lay there until 6:00.
What do I do now?
Make coffee, stretch, meditate and pray. Lesson #1 – take time for you.
Things started to come together. I was transported to the parade route by my favorite driver. The lessons continued to come.
Although I thought that I was late, it wasn’t a concern. I’d shown up ready to go. Lesson #2 – show up filled up.
Once the parade finally started, we walked and sometimes ran through the parade route. There were a lot of people that had questions about what TED was and stands for. If they asked me, I wanted to give them as many details as I could. It made it important to have an “elevator pitch” for these moments. Lesson #3 – know what you’re marching for. This can also be read, know what you stand for or believe in.
“Happy 4th of July!”
Our time on the route lasted about an hour, but it seemed like 5 minutes. There were people there that I hadn’t seen in years and there were people that I had seen yesterday. My favorites were the ones that share my last name. I’ve spent so many years watching them marching. It was nice to have the roles reversed. Lesson #4 – supporters are important no matter where you or what you’re doing. Mine shared doughnuts and water. That’s hard to beat.
Once the parade was over, we went home and had a nice lunch. I reclined in my chair and 3 hours later was back in the game. Lesson #5 – listen to your body. When it needs rest, give it rest.
Lessons are all around us. We just need to be willing to listen.
What did you learn on July 4th?