With age, I have sensed a shift in what is important to me. Over time, I’ve noticed that acquiring possessions has lost its luster. The pursuit of wealth has become meaningless. Moving up life’s ladder of success as defined by society no longer holds much appeal. It was a rather gradual shift that played out over several years. Then I was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer this past winter. That day changed everything. Not only was my physical health, even my life in danger, but so was the future I was building for myself and my family. The mental impact of that diagnosis was far more difficult to manage than the physical implications. But as I worked through the mind game that cancer played with me, I emerged on the other side of the struggle with a much clearer view of my life, not only in the present, but the future.
In the spirit of Good News that Ideas in Motion Media is built upon, and with the collaboration of Sam Lubeznik from McDonald’s of La Porte County, the LIFE Sites proudly introduces the new monthly feature "Survivor Series: Cancer Survivors of the Region."
Things are starting to get pretty real as a runner. I am jogging in five minute increments and this Saturday I will be running (attempting to run) for one, long 20 minute stretch. To be perfectly honest, anything I do over 10 minutes would be a major score for me and I am going to give it the “old college try,” as they say.
Bipartisanship can and does work in Indiana. Though the headlines don't always tell the story, there is far more bipartisan work happening on a local, regional, and state level than many are aware of. This state has a rich history of legislators working for Indiana here and in Washington, and I regularly see examples where common goals bring good minds together for excellent end results.
I took a “Tuesdays With Tom” off last week. Not because I didn’t run, but because last Tuesday evening, the temperature was around 90 degrees with high humidity. I had let my dog out a few times that day, and came back sweating. Afraid it could have been my last “Tuesdays With Tom,” I decided that it was going to be “Tuesdays With Treadmill.”
As many of you know, some of you may not, I cut back my role at Ideas In Motion Media. Not because I stopped believing in the GOOD News mission, but for precisely the opposite reasons. I have written a few articles on this already but I will spare you the details and just say that I needed to commit more time to my health and my family.
Pressure creates precious things. We sweat, love, live, and laugh;
It’s entirely cliche of me to write “If I can do it, anyone can do it.” After all, a lot of people say and write that and the truth of the matter is that’s not really the case in most instances.
In my time traveling around my district, I have the opportunity to observe, interact, and admire many of the wonderful aspects of Northwest Indiana. Chief among them is our educational system. Every day we have students, instructors and administrators working their hardest to ensure a quality education is provided to students across the region.