posted on June 29, 2021
In my last post I wrote about lessons I learned from others. Today I want to spread some Aloha from St Simons Island GA. Yes, I am aware that St Simons is not any where near Hawaii, yet we can spread Aloha anywhere.
My good friend Hank McDonald was a strength coach at University of Hawaii and he brought me out to speak a few years back. I owe Hank and Tommy a huge thank you for that trip. To put it in perspective the other speakers came from The Ohio St University, Auburn, San Francisco Giants, former NFL strength coaches and some top private trainers. Then there was me, from the athletic giant Robert Morris University. I was lucky enough to learn about Hawaiian culture from Keanue Reeves cousin (he is a professor at UH). Morale to the story, I was outclassed in every way possible and I learned that Aloha means many things including good vibes.
In my last job I worked with two men’s basketball coaches. The first guy was a good guy and I am still a fan. He was put in a position that he could not succeed, and he was let go not long after I arrived. The second coach Jamion came in and did his best to bring some good vibes to the team. He spread the aloha during my time there, and there was one thing he said (which I had heard before, yet stuck with me this time), Time=LOVE. Whatever you spend your time doing you love. I was also able to meet a man that became a good friend Greg Graber, Greg wrote the book, “Slow Your Roll.” We hit it off because he spoke a lot about meditating, and controlling the controllable. Greg reminded me to slow my roll and stop fighting loosing battles.
Time=Love is a simple idea. If you commit time to anything then you must love it. So why I a taking time from my vacation to write this? I am doing this because I do love spreading aloha. I will probably not touch a barbell this week and doubt I’ll train, I also probably won’t answer your email :-). So take some time today to decide what you love, and give it your time.