Please and thank you. Simple words. Powerful words. Kind words. Words of manner. Words that seem to have been lost. When I was growing up, I was instructed to use my manners. I was instructed to say please, to say thank you. Today, I rarely hear anyone, young or old, use please and thank you. Why? As a teacher, I am appalled at how often I don’t hear my students using please and thank you in their speech. Sometimes, I am blown away when a student of mine doesn’t even know what using your manners means. I believe the loss of these words, please and thank you, are a direct reflection on the entitled culture we live in. It is also a direct reflection of the arrogant culture we live in. So many people, young and old, have this idea that they have it all together, and have it all figured out. They get what they want, when they want, how they want. Using your manners, please and thank you specifically, is an indication of humility, kindness, and respect. When someone is entitled, arrogant, and disrespectful, their speech will reflect this. Even though I grew up learning to use my manners, I am far from perfect. At times in my life, I have failed to use my manners to the fullest. At times in my life, I have been the entitled, arrogant, and disrespectful individual. But now as an adult, a teacher, and having the burning desire deep with my soul to be someone to follow, I have been focusing lately on using my manners, please and thank you as much as possible. I find using my manners especially valuable when interacting, speaking, and asking my student to do or not to do something. I am finding when my speech is full of please and thank you, I have greater self-control and a stronger hold on my emotions. These are very important when you are a teacher, parent, or coach. Please and thank you. There is always room for improvement, growth, and maturity, no matter your educational background, age, or financial status. Let’s stay focused on the little things. The simple things. Let’s start small. Let’s start with our words. Let’s start with please and thank you. Let’s see where this will take us.
You never know the impact you may have on the life of a child. A rightly spoken word or a timely action, could literally, alter a child’s life. As we shift from adolescent to adult, as the years go by, most of us tend to lose the innocence, the beauty, and the purity of childhood. We tend to lose sight of the most important things, the most valuable things in life. A lot of us, lose sight of reality, the older we get. We forget childhood. We forget innocence. We forget the beauty. We forget the purity, of youth. We forget the dreams of yesteryear. We become negative, hurried, busied, stressed, and frustrated adults. People who live life going through the motions, because that’s what we “have” to do. Take a step back with me. Take a look back with me. Remember. Reflect. Step back to your younger years. Look back to who you were. Remember the excitement, the anticipation, the joy, of a life as a child. Reflect on your childhood dreams. So innocent. So beautiful. So pure. AMAZING. You are still that child. The innocence, beauty, and purity still exist, no matter what you have gone through, no matter how hurt you have been, no matter what you have suffered. You are still a child. There is still excitement. Still anticipation. There is still joy deep within your soul. Your dreams are still available. Attainable. You never know, until you try. You never know, until you take that step of faith. You never know, who you could be. You never know, how much you matter to the children around you. YOU MATTER. God has bestowed gifts, talents, and abilities to you. You are loved! The kids, the youth, the children in your life, they want you. They need you. They are starving for your love, affection, and attention. YOU MATTER. THEY MATTER. Let love flow. Let kindness flow. Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Accessible. Real. Allow yourself to dream, once again. Allow yourself to feel, once again. Allow yourself to matter, once again. Allow yourself to be a child, once again. Extend your hand to the hurting. The hurting child, children, in your life. Be a servant. A servant to the least of these. Boldly. Relentlessly. Fearlessly. Allow your life to be transformed by a child. Allow your life to transform a child. Be strong. Be open. Be an example. Be someone to follow. Today, tomorrow, and until you have breathed your last. Live life fully. Live life for the children. For the next generation. Be the reason. The reason a child has hope for a brighter tomorrow. You never know…….
Eric Hinman is an entrepreneur on many fronts. He is currently a content creator and social media influencer. Eric is sponsored by and promotes brands such as, Vital Proteins, Lululemon, Optimum Nutrition, Rockin’ Protein, Saucony, YumButter, among many others. He also owns a couple of restaurants and a gym in his home state of New York. Eric is also an avid health and fitness enthusiast. He has competed in triathlon and currently trains in the functional fitness space. Eric has a wealth of experience as well as knowledge that he shares on this episode. This recording takes place outside of Wonder, in downtown Boulder, Colorado. It was a cloudy, chilly day, with a lot of car traffic and people passing buy during our interview, but we got it done!
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The axe is clean. The axe has been sharpened. It is ready for use. I take my axe, and set out to find the largest tree. No one is around. The sky is clear, pure blue. The sun shines brightly, the heat is intense. I stand shirtless, axe in hand, focused on the task before me. It is time. I begin to chop. One chop at a time. This will be a very long process. Once chop at a time. One chop at a time. I get into a rhythm. One chop at a time. One chop at a time. Eventually, my axe will prevail. I will prevail. Patience, endurance, and strength are of utmost. Keep chopping. Keep chopping. The tree will fall. Keep chopping.
A little over two years ago, I was discharged from the Navy. At that time, I came out of boot camp fat, and out of shape. I very rarely find myself in this type of physical state. I hate it. It’s not me, who I am, or who I want to be. Before I shipped off to boot camp, I had competed in my first bodybuilding show and had been training like a mad man. After my discharge, I found myself in Urbandale, IA, living with my sister to help care for her ailing Father. Once I got my bearings back, it was time to get back on track physically. Enter rebuild #1. I had to rebuild myself from the bottom. Within a short time-frame, I lost close to 30 lbs. and regained my desired physical state. Fast-forward to the present. I moved to Colorado Springs in the summer of 2017, and have mostly been focusing on endurance type training. I find myself now, in another rebuild. Rebuild #2. The endurance training has led me down a path of overtraining, undereating, and with over-use injuries. I have neglected strength training and am once again, physically speaking, in a place I do not want to be in. I am not healthy. I cannot continue in this direction. I am shifting. I have already made the shift. I am going back to my first love, the weights. I am rebuilding my physique. Rebuilding my training, nutrition, and mindset. It’s not about being hardcore. It’s not about being crazy. It’s not about ego or pride. It’s not about “look at me.” It’s about health, vitality, longevity, and above all else, being a healthy example to the next generation. A healthy leader. Someone to follow. I want to be the best I can be. I want to be the best example, leader, and man that I can be. I want to lead by action, not by word. I want to be a physical example. Looking the part. Living the part. I want to continue to learn, grow, and teach. Rebuild #2 has begun. I have to change, if I want to see others change. I have to be open, and willing myself, first, and always. This rebuild is about endurance. The long-game. Taking one step in the right direction, one day at a time. I am committed. Committed to this marathon. Committed to the micro, rather than the macro. Committed to training, eating, and living differently. I am excited. I am expectant. Rebuild #2 will be the beginning of, is the beginning of, something new, fresh, and BIG. Rebuild #2 is a re-birth. A re-alignment. An absolutely necessary life adjustment. I am coming back. Back to the basics. Back to simplicity. Back to what I know, who I am, and who I want to become. I am coming back to the first love. I am all in. It is time. It is mine for the taking. I WILL TAKE IT.
Remove yourself from your feelings and emotions. Step outside of yourself in order to think, see, and hear clearly. Too often, we are lost in ourselves. Lost in our feelings, emotions, anxieties, fears, and sorrows. Too often, we can’t get past the inner self, in order to accomplish the tasks to reach our full potential. We need to detach. We need to learn to detach. We need to learn to let go. We need to understand that mistakes, mishaps, and failure are all a part of the life process. Never to be avoided, but mistakes, mishaps, and failure should be expected, accepted, and learned from. You are not perfect. You will never be perfect in this life. Perfection and the pursuit of, is myth. Unattainable. Do not strive for perfection. Rather, strive for growth. Strive for maturity. Strive to become a better you, TODAY!
There are a lot of fake people in this world. Fake in what they say, fake in what they do, and fake in how they portray themselves. It’s pathetic. People are trying to be something or someone in order to gain some kind of recognition. In order to gain some sort of financial backing. In order to gain some passing glory. People mask themselves behind whatever they think may provide the gain that they are looking for. People will do whatever it takes in order to elevate themselves above everyone else, even if it means they have to become fake to do so. The gain in this life is all temporal. Remember that. Whatever gain you accrue in this life, eventually, it will all be left behind. Our time on this earth is but for a short period. Are you really going to spend your time being fake, in order to gain that which is temporary? Are you really going to waste your energy, efforts, and gifts on being fake? People need to wake up. People need to realize they can get away with being fake for a time, but in the end, when you live a lie, the truth emerges. Quit being fake. Quit trying to put on a front. Quit wasting time. Quit wasting your life. Quit following the crowd. Get over yourself. Step out from behind the mask. Step out from the shadows. Step into the light. Be the individual you know you should be. Be the man. Be the woman. Be the person that is about others, and not yourself. Be real. Be genuine. Be strong. Be bold. Live your life, not someone else’s.