My bags were packed and I was ready to take-off on my long-awaited Quest. After weeks of planning, this was the moment of truth. I double checked everything, took one look around with the feeling that change was about to occur, whether I welcomed it or not. I threw my bag in the back of my SUV and I was off with not so much as a look back…
I arrived at the airport with my MRI’s and x-rays in hand… all part of the journey… I found a seat next to a tall and very fit man with the softest smile. As I sat checking my emails I couldn’t help but overhear him mention on his phone conversation that he is heading to football camp and “Just got the call today”. He then continued to explain to his friend that he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens as an outside linebacker… I looked up and very carefully, yet deliberately, mouthed the words, “Congrats” and with that he flashed me his contagious smile…. As he lingered on the phone, I was thinking about the challenges that this young, strong, seemingly sweet gentleman will face…. Will his past challenges and obstacles even compare to what he is about to face as a warrior on the football field? The speed, the intensity, the pain, the injuries, the fear of the unknown, the opportunity to grow…. the pain he will endure for the passion of the sport… I realized that this mission takes ultimate courage, bravery and fearlessness…
He was a football player from Montana Tech and just received a call from his agent today that the Baltimore Ravens wanted him! In a matter of a phone call, his life has changed completely… he packed his bags, said his “Goodbyes” and off he went. He still continued to make phone calls at a rapid fire pace to announce his fortune and hard fought opportunity to the world. We chatted for only a few minutes as the plane arrived and we were ready to board. I mentioned that his parents must be so proud of him and he flashed that brilliant smile and said, “Yes, they sure are!”
It was after that, that I received my daily dose of inspiration from my Qi Advisor#1 (QIA1) and it read:
“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway” –John Wayne, American Actor
That quote was like a play called in a huddle. It supplied direction for both me and Mr. Ryan Jones, the newest addition to the Baltimore Ravens. We were both summoning all of our courage, as we prepared to tackle life’s latest adventure.
And with that, he and I boarded the plane…ready to touch down on our personal quests for courage.