One Quarter of a Mile.

24 Aug 2015
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After a long day writing, it was time to veg out in front of whatever the TV had to offer. After an entrée of "Two And A Half Men" - the following film was, "The Fast and Furious." Sure I had it on DVD; I think I even have it on Blu-ray. I could watch it without the annoying adverts. But I was tired.

So I began to watch it.

Didn't watch the whole film. Didn't need to. But I watched it until I got what I needed to hear. In a rare moment of opening up to Brian, Dom Torreto (played by Vin Diesel) explains the tragedy of his past. Happy memories obscured by a life event that lost him his father, lost him his self-control, and then cost him his freedom when he was sent to jail for assault.

With the past sullied and the future unsure, Dom delivers this line:

"I live my life a quarter mile at a time, nothing else matters. Not the mortgage, not the store, not the team and all their bulls**t. For those ten seconds or less... I'm free."

The movie is one of mixed morals, conflicted characters, and variable values - but I like it. I haven't met a perfect person yet. I experienced a sympathetic resonance with Dom - a man torn between worlds, wishes and what to do next. His strategy? To live his life a quarter mile at a time.

For him it was the quarter mile of the road race, but I think he was speaking generally too.

I've got 'issues' with my past. I don't like how it went. Can't change that - though I can change the lens I see it through. I've got doubts about my future. But I can, and I will, live my present life a quarter mile at a time.

What does the next quarter mile hold for you?

That's not even taking a day at a time. If you ran as fast as Roger Bannister at his best, that's the next minute! If you drove as fast as Dom, that's 10 seconds. I can live 10 seconds to a minute at a time when the going gets tough.

And if working out the next quarter mile is too confusing, I think the next quarter of an hour is more than enough!

Lex

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Maggie May

Aug. 24, 2015, 6:11 a.m.

Hi Lex, I can usually tell if a blog is from you because it is always well written, thought provoking and speaks to me. I rarely reply, but thought that if you have not read 'The reality slap' or the 'Happiness Trap' it would be worth trying - or reading again. They have really changed my focus and since reading, my scores have stayed thankfully in the middle of my vast range. Despite this improvement, I continue to benefit from your thoughts. Thanks

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Dawn

Aug. 24, 2015, 7:03 a.m.

Lovely post from Jenny :D 'morning Lex :D your easily-put-to-work blog reminds me of a quote I once read which read something like this "start the rest of your life from where you are, with who you are and with what you've got" It really spoke to me at the time. Many sparkly cupcake thanks, from Dawn :D

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Skyblue

Aug. 24, 2015, 7:19 a.m.

I remember hearing a highly accomplished, wonderful human being talk about his life on Desert Island Discs one Friday morning and, when asked what number from 1-10 he'd give the success of his life, he said something outrageous like '6'. Why do we all beat ourselves up so badly for our life's errors when what we are doing is learning and growing? Amazing, isn't it? If you could see yourself the way we see you, Lex, you'd love yourself a whole lot:). Thanks for the blog -- a quarter of an hour works for me today. susanxx

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Debs

Aug. 24, 2015, 11:22 a.m.

Gorgeous words Lex, your blogs are always so powerful and thought-provoking. Keep doing what you're doing!! With love, debs xx

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Lex

Aug. 24, 2015, 1:01 p.m.

Hey Debs, Susan, Dawn, and Jenny... just checked in and there were your kind words. Thank you. Looking forward to pursuing your recommendations, Jenny. And, yes, Dawn, I am the clay with which to sculpt the art of the rest of my life. No past, nor future, just this present potential... and, for today, just 15 minutes at a time! Susan, I'd love to see myself through your eyes! And, Debs, I promise to keep on keeping on, but only 'cos you suggested it! L'xx

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Lex

Aug. 24, 2015, 2:53 p.m.

I broadcast this message today on our local Christian Community Radio Station (where I host the Monday and Tuesday morning Breakfast Shows). It's got some scriptural references added, just to warn those of you who might not like that, but it's not preachy! https://soundcloud.com/lex-mckee/the-morning-message-15-minutes-at-a-time-is-enough

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Christopher

Aug. 25, 2015, 11:34 p.m.

Hi all i hope this evening finds you all relaxed and in good spirits.personsonslly i mske it part of my daily life to take the test and read the blog...for some time now ive been faaling behind..rather that fall behind and miss out i keep these in inbox..now these have reached over 30 again....i got to this situation last years and had over 100!which i did get through.ok i really dont want to sound nasty and i know peole put alot of effort into these blogs but i work shifts and the blogs are getting longer..i wish some house rules could keep the article brief and to the point..im now just deleting very many..maybe 3 paragraphs max and someone suggest a word limit..sorry but some are in better positions to read than others...sorry x

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