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Rules for Intrepid Daily: Rule #60

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Rule #60. Nothing beats a positive attitude. As you know, things never go exactly as planned. It’s the way of the world. Sometimes things just go wrong. It happens all the time. That’s just part of the deal, or as my friend Mike says, “it’s all part of the game.” So what do we do about it? How do we… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule 59

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Rule #59. Everything happens for a reason New beginnings and finish lines. Setbacks and silver linings. Injuries and victories. Celebratory nights and hangover mornings. Life has its ups and downs. There’s good and bad, positive and negative. It’s all important. It all has meaning. Everything happens for a reason. I’m not waxing poetic about fate, destiny, or predetermination. My goal… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #58

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Rule #58. Motivation will get you to the starting line. Discipline will get you across the finish line. We love motivation. Motivational quotes, speeches, films, and songs. I’ve been known to pull up compilations of motivational speeches on YouTube when I’m having a rough day or need a little extra push. Motivation is great, and maybe we’d all like a… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #57

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Rule # 57. Don’t panic. When I got turned around while camping at Sand Ridge State Forest, it would have been easy to freak out and make a snap decision about what direction to go. But I didn’t. When I woke up shivering in the middle of the night when camping at Yellow River last December, it would have been natural… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #56.

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Rule #56. Reach. I recently took a part time job as something of a handyman. I’m helping to renovate a rental property, something I’ve never done before. I’m not afraid of tools, work, or getting dirty, but I’ve never had the opportunity to work on a construction project like this. I’ve always wanted to; I like working with my hands,… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #55.

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Rule #55. Chase dreams. Are you happy? Like, really happy. Not just okay. Not just fine. I want to know if you’re happy. If so, way to go! Keep on keeping on. If not, well, it’s time to do something about it. Maybe it’s time to follow your dream. What’s your dream? As a kid, did you dream of becoming… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #54

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Rule #54. Do it the hard way. Usually when I’m at the archery range, I’m the only person shooting a recurve bow. Thus, I tend to field questions about why I decided to go the traditional archery route, instead of using the more technologically advanced compound bow with accoutrements such as a sight or trigger release. I’ve mentioned that I’m… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #53.

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Rule #53. “Never confuse movement with action.” This week’s rule is a quote attributed to Ernest Hemingway (by his friend, actress and singer Marlene Dietrich). I’m unaware of the original context, but knowing a little about Hemingway, I think I can wager a guess. To explain it though, let me talk about the man a bit first… I’m not a literary… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #52

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Rule #52. Time that you enjoy wasting isn’t always wasted time. When I started riding my bike to work, a few people asked me if I thought it was the most efficient use of my time. On the days I rode I spent about an hour riding to work compared to the fifteen or twenty minutes I’d spend driving. That… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #51

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Rule #51. Practice makes progress. In the course of our relationship, my wife Clarissa and I have learned a lot from one another. We’ve each exposed the other to different ideas and new ways of doing things. One of the things that I’ve picked up from her is yoga. She’s an avid yogi, teaches a number of classes online and… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #50.

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Rule #50. It’s all part of the game. On the third day of the Great River Trail Trash Trek, as I hiked alongside highway 84, I grew more and more downtrodden. I hadn’t really slept the night before, I was carrying much more weight than I should have been, and the hot sun started to wear on me. Shortly after… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #49

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Rule #49. Provide cheerful service. At the end of last month, I took a week for the Great River Trail Trash Trek, picking up forty-three bags of trash over sixty-five miles. Last month my wife Clarissa led a yoga class for the organization Yoga 4 Homeless, leading to the collection of $100, toiletries, coffee, clothing, and yoga mats for donation to… Read more »