Timonene (hello...in Chitonga!:)
Ah, the power of fresh air. Last week's run took place late Sunday evening as some storm cells moved East over a threatening Chicago sky. Nothing gets you out the door for a run like the charge of an ensuing thunderstorm. Adding to the visceral effect of much warmer temperatures, were the welcomed signs of spring: green buds on trees, heavy and humid air, and the tall cumulus thunderheads above. Welcome back summer.

Knowing that just a few weeks ago we were still struggling through remnants of our historic winter, Sunday evening's swim had only one inkling of concern, getting in and out of the water before the storm.  Running on the Lake Front Path with the storm's tail wind, my rushed sense of time stopped dead in its tracks as my feet  hit water. In a single moment of frigid lake water, humid hot air and an exacerbated sweating-self, I took one of my final weekly plunges for RIPPLE Africa. In that singular divine instant, I was at my best.

This moment of clarity poses a question we can all ask ourselves: When are you at your best? This simple question has an enormity of value in shaping how we conduct ourselves, whether in business, socially, personally or even unconsciously. Different for us all, I recently found mine in Malawi. I suppose I knew the make-up of what I needed, but it was the composition of the details that led me to this fundamental individual need. Recognizing it was half the battle, the other half being the actions you take to proactively achieve what you seek.

In a general sense, this could manifest itself in a litany of ways: your social interactions, your work space, your routine, priorities, what you eat, etc. For me, part of that equation is tied to running. For example, the very idea of Reflections for RIPPLE came to me last October on an evening run with my brother. Since that silly thought of jumping in the lake, we've raised a sizable amount of money and awareness for RIPPLE Africa's projects in Malawi.

All of this through the power of knowing where you work best. This type of recognition will reach far beyond
these weekly updates, and even past RIPPLE Africa itself. Because when we're at our best, dots begin to connect: between people and places: between ideas and problem solving. It's this web of inertia that can help propel us to make connections that solve global problems. How about this one for kicks, Lake Michigan to Malawi. In all its complexity this web is an entanglement of 'good' that defines us as individuals. Connect your dots and be the change you want to see in the world. So ask yourself, when are you at your best? Find it, live it and apply it.

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05/19/2014 1:55am

Wonderful information about Housing.

11/13/2017 6:25pm

No one knows when we will be the time wherein we will be at our best. But I was not surprised to know that you found yours in Malawi, while you were there for a mission. When I first came here on your website, I knew even then that you are that type of person who will consider other people first before anything else. You are not selfish, because you offer your life in the service of others. How I wish I can be as good as you. How I wish all people would be like you.

05/23/2014 1:52pm

What a cool example of a "happy thought" (Whewell). You're doing great things, Patrick!

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02/08/2017 11:57am

Hello admin,
This is Ayesha Saleem. I think everyone his own mod when he is on his best. I love to stay positive and such type of out doors help us to refresh our mind. Well i think we also have some knowledge about health and about when i found out that i am pregnant.

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