What powers you?

go-st-louis-marathonAs I think about what to write in this space, two thoughts keep jumping in my head –powered by hope, and inspire.

Let’s take powered by hope, my slogan. How did I come up with this?

When I was preparing to go to Kona for the Ironman World Championship, it soon became obvious many of my family and friends were going to come along. I decided since there would be such a large group, it would be fun for everyone to have a t-shirt for race day. The next decision was what to put on the shirts. Pictures, logos, sayings –what?

Before I Googled “t-shirts” to rack my noncreative brain, the words “powered by” came to me, and I wondered, What does power me? Many answers came to mind. My faith. My family. My friends. But when it came to defeating cancer, what powered me (and still powers me) to fight? It was simple…HOPE!

So, I looked up the meaning of hope (ok, maybe I Googled that too) and found these definitions:

1) the feeling that what is wanted can be had
2) that events will turn out for the best
3) to believe, desire, trust
4) to guide by divine influence

I could relate to all those definitions.

1) the feeling that what I wanted (to beat cancer) could be had.
2) that events will turn out for the best—(what bigger event is there than your LIFE!)
3) to believe (in a cure), to desire (to live), to trust (my doctors).
4) to guide by divine influence (I was not the one in control–I can’t do it, but a greater power can).

So that is how Powered By Hope came to be.

As for the t-shirts, they turned out great and were a big hit. Spectators all over the Ironman course wanted to know where to buy them.

As a slogan, Powered by Hope has given me the strength to believe that everything will turn out for the best. What is best? Only time will tell. One day at a time.

What powers you?

And, back to that second thought… Powered By Hope gives me strength, but my goal in sharing my story is to inspire others – whether you are fighting cancer or another illness, training to run your first (or next) marathon, whatever challenge you have before you.


“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” – Unknown

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