Today’s Results: $518
With any great venture comes a time when the grind of the task begins to wear down the enthusiasm of the outcome. I suppose that time for me started a few weeks ago when I was diagnosed with shingles.
About the time we hit Davenport, Iowa, the swelling and infection in my eye had spread to my face and I was having splitting headaches. My loving wife convinced me that I ought to go see a doctor. As fate would have it, it was Labor Day and everything was closed except an urgent care facility that had a 2-hour wait. When I finally got into the doctor on duty, she took one look at my face and said I need to go to an emergency room immediately – that I had an extreme case of shingles.
Straightway I went to the hospital where it was confirmed that I had shingles and they were concerned that the shingles virus was following the nerve path in my eye. The doctor put me on anti-viral medicines and said that I needed to spend some time in rest – no physical exertion or stress. “Really?”, I said. On a trip like this, that is a near impossibility!
With a not so veiled threat that I might lose my vision, the doctor convinced me to take some time to let things heal. Fortunately, we had a few event days scheduled and a rest day so we didn’t missed too much in keeping to the schedule to reach the Summit on time!
Having been able to work through the doctor’s orders to rest while keeping to the schedule, I had a bit more trouble keeping the doctor’s order to limit my stress. During the time since my last post, I’ve had a three of those dreaded limit-out days in my trading. After one particularly tough trading session, I discovered that I had lost the cushion I had been building in my family’s travel budget – not to mention the fact that I added a few unplanned expenses to the budget like an emergency room bill!
About the same time we got a phone call from one of our technology partners who informed us that they were planning some major changes to their infrastructure at the end of the month. That meant that Colton, our CTO, and my good friend and riding partner, had to book an emergency trip back to the office to spend an insane amount of time and energy preparing for the pending changes. It was a huge blow to the psyche of our bicycling brigade when he and Bruce left for home to take care of business.
I know that I have done a poor job sharing the story on the blog the past few weeks, but despite the mounting pressure, there is an indispensable principle that has guided my course and infused with me a hope and optimism for the success of the trip. It is the principle of perseverance.
Perseverance is a positive and action oriented characteristic. It is not idle. It is not passive. It is not waiting and hoping for some good thing to happen. It gives me hope by helping me realize that the successful suffer no failure except in giving up and no longer trying.
I continue to trade. I continue to ride. I continue to try and make this the best family vacations – ever! And after a $2000 trading session last week and a $500 one today, the budget is back in the black. The only remaining effects from the shingles is a headache (it will probably take another few weeks for the nerves to heal) and a great big nasty scar on the tip of my nose that will remind me of this amazing adventure for the rest of my life!
I don’t think my experiences are any different than the challenges any person has in pursuit of a worthy dream or vision. I do think that every worthy dream or vision takes an extra dose of perseverance to realize the joy of a successful outcome.
We are in New York and there is three weeks to Summit! Yeah!