Posts made in April, 2011

On Running the Race

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On Running the Race

On Running the Race: I learned a valuable lesson from my daughter, Lori, who at the time was in the seventh grade. It was a blustery day in Colorado Springs. I stood on the field of Challenger Middle School a few feet from the track and watched as Lori prepared to run the 200-meter race. She stretched, then walked to her assigned lane. Soon the coach, standing beside the start line, shouted, “Get ready – get set.” Lori set her shoulders in a runner’s stance. Then the coach bellowed, “Go.” Lori started fast and within seconds, she led a pack of runners. Her arms pumped back and forth. Her stride was swift. My arms flung in all directions as I jumped up and down cheering her along. She kept the lead, until she reached the curve of...

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On Staying In Step

»Posted by on Apr 9, 2011 in Tomi's Blog | 0 comments

On Staying In Step

On Staying In Step: It was an honor to attend a retirement ceremony of the I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Beneath a sunny sky, the color guard marched onto the outdoor stage. Excitement and mixed emotions were high, especially for the retiring Master Sergeant. But it was the final moments of the ceremony that sparked questions within me. As the four marine color guards marched from the stage to retire the colors, my eyes fell to their boots. And I marveled at the footwork—pivoting and stepping in precise unison. It was as if eight boots became two, or four marines became one. Each fulfilled an assignment that left an imprint on my mind. I did not need to be reminded that marines follow their ranking authority’s orders. I did...

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