I meant to have a celebratory 1000th blog post, but other things were on my mind so we are celebrating 1009 today! Wow, 1009 articles written and published! I have been doing this for four and a half years. It all started on a whim on a weekday night in grad school from my apartment. There have been so many ups and downs since then. My life has not been at all what I thought it would be.
If there is any message to convey today it is that good things often take time. Blogging does not provide me an income, as I naively thought it might when I started. My initial goal to blog the story of a start up company ended with a failure that gave me back pain. I optimistically thought I might run at the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials, and I didn't. I went to Pakistan and did not summit anything. I was unemployed.
The way I see it, this whole opportunity to blog is a blessing. If I can communicate poverty to the rich, business to the technical, marathoning to the sedentary, then I can help develop better understanding between people. Who knows what kind of value I have created for other people to use in their daily lives! God has blessed me so much. I could have easily died on more than one occasion since I started Learning to DO. Lest I forget to mention my sponsor, Jesus love you, even if no one else does.
Fight the good fight! Stand strong even when you stand alone. We cannot know in the moment what the effect of our actions and words are, so strive to be better today than yesterday. It's a long road. Maybe you will write 1009 blog posts. Maybe 10,090 blog posts. I don't know how you will change the world, at least your little corner of it, but please change it for the better.
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