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I'd Rather Be Red Than Dead

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Lukewarm.

The word just kind of sits there, doesn't it?

Lukewarm. It's not cold but it's definitely not hot either. It's just somewhere in between and not the least bit exciting. When I think of all of the ways that I would hate to be described --

"Lukewarm" is at the top of my list.

Recently, Kanye West shared with Oprah that:

"If life is in color, then I am playing in RED!"

Now that, that is HOT. There is nothing lukewarm about that.

Lukewarm, the temperature, is about 105 degrees, and while HOT is 211, the difference between hot and boiling to the point of making steam is --

just one degree.

In other words, at 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, water reaches it's boiling point and begins to make steam.

I had a professor long ago who changed my life, in his own way.

He changed my life because one day he issued me a challenge:

"You are a Nonche-male!"

He went on to explain that in Italian, nonche-male (loosely translated) means "not so bad, not so good"; like mediocre or somewhere in between. Not cold, but not hot and definitely not producing any steam.

And then he asked:

"Are you committed to being mediocre; remaining somewhere in between?"

I walked away from that conversation confronted and haunted by this idea of being in the middle; of living life at 105 degrees when living life at 211 is where things really start to cook.

Years later, I was watching the movie The Karate Kid. The Karate Kid is about a bullied teenage boy, named Daniel, who overcomes his tormentors and becomes a man under the guidance of his genius Karate instructor Mr. Miyage. Mr. Miyage says to Daniel at one point in the movie:

"Man walk on road. Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk down middle, sooner or later, get squished!"

Mr. Miyage was cautioning Daniel, like my professor was teaching me, about the dangers of pursuing something without passion; being involved in something without generating any heat.

I wondered, as I watched that movie, if I had somehow sold out on living my life with passion; if I made a sharp turn and somehow reduced my life to a walk down the middle of the road. I began to consider the difference, once again, between playing and PLAYING, between living and LIVING, between lukewarm, hot and then BOILING TO THE POINT OF MAKING STEAM.

Do I PARTICIPATE or am I just passing through? And if I stop along the way, will I PAY ATTENTION to what it is that I see?

When I care, do I really CARE? If I give, am I GIVING all of who I really am? Do I SPEND the time to find out more? Will I GO the extra mile for the difference it could make? Am I willing to CHALLENGE myself to" kick it up a notch", even when I'm winning and things are going great?

Lukewarm, the temperature, is about 105 degrees, and while HOT is 211, the difference between hot and boiling to the point of making steam is --

just one degree.

Imagine.

I can not deny that a nonce-male way of being is dangerous.

Can you?

People die hangin' out in the middle. It'll keep you numb and it will leave you checked out to the opportunity of living with passion; of playing life in RED!

And you?

Are you living life like you're "dead" because you're somewhere in between? Not cold but not hot either - - just merely somewhere in between. Or perhaps you're life is cooking and you know that you are HOT and yet you've still got room to "kick it up a notch"!

Today, maybe there is just a single little tiny degree that separates you from bringing things in your life to a boil. And if boiling hot is where the real power begins, then could it be that you are playing at Lukewarm by not going ALL the way.

Today say:

"Lukewarm", and then just feel the effect of that word.

Lukewarm.

The word just kind of sits there, doesn't it?

Lukewarm.

It's not cold but it's definitely not hot either. It's just somewhere in between and not the least bit exciting. When you think of all of the words that could be used to describe you, is "Lukewarm" or "mediocre" really one of them?

Today, consider that there may be room to turn up your heat. Realize that even if you are at the top of your game -- one more step, one more call, one more minute, one more time --

One more degree of HEAT could be the very difference between winning and WINNING; between living and LIVING!

Just for the sake of argument today; just to see where you could go, consider that there is but one degree of separation between you and where it is --

you want to be.

Dana

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