Entertainment... or Wisdom?

Last night, I was at home. The girls had been off to their ballet mock exams, Gabriel and I had played a bit of foosball, but now we were all home together. Terry likes to maintain a tradition from her growing-up, so once in a while we'll gather around the family room, put a Papa Murphy's taks-and-bake pizza in the oven, and watch a movie as a family.

That's what we did last night.

There we were gathered in the warmth of home, watching a compelling movie, "We Are Marshall." As you may know, the movie is the story of the Marshall University football program which was decimated in 1970 when the charter plane carrying the team crashed short of the runway coming home after an away game. All aboard died.

The movie is the story of the Phoenix that is the Marshall University Football program. And the town of Huntington, West Virginia which is its home.

As is often the case with movies like this, the story is inspiring, the characters challenging, and the message personal to each of us.

What do YOU take away from these kinds of stories?

I suppose some people probably watch uneffected and entertained. I can't do that. I watch the character of the people that emerges in difficult and challenging times. The young student athletes who decided that they were called to save the program as a memorial to their fallen teammates. The only surviving coach who gave the program one more year, even though 20 student athletes had perished after he had told their parents that he would watch after them.

And the new coach who called Marshall because, "I thought that maybe I could help."

And he did.

I think about this stuff all the time. It's why I wrote the book (http://stephenhultquist.com/skiing.html) and its what I share in it. If you ski, it will make you a better skier. If you don't, it will stretch your imagination. And regardless, it will outline for you life principles that will make a difference for you for the rest of your life.

And that's the point.

Making a difference. Creating life. Being. Growing. Becoming.

Tonight on an airplane bound for mid-America, I'm thinking about how I can make a difference tomorrow and beyond.

What about you?

Let's go!

Stephen Sven Hultquist

PS Yesterday, I caught up on the posts to my blog, so you can catch up if you've missed any of the e-mails: http://stephenhultquist.com/blog/

PPS I recently got a shipment of books in, so you can get a copy of the book personally autographed: http://stephenhultquist.com/skiing.html