I’ve been reading a lot about flow of late.  The flow state it is often called.  That state of optimal experience in which an individual is so deeply entrenched in what he or she is doing that it becomes peaceful, effortless, or dare I say zen-like.  That state where pleasure, enjoyment, happiness, peace, thoughtfulness, and rest come together to create experiences that are truly optimized.  I believe I’ve achieved flow state.  I’ve achieved running through the mountains of Georgia and the deep forest gorges of eastern Kentucky.  I achieved it playing music in my younger days.  Don’t laugh I used to slap a mean bass!

Brandy and I created Next Opportunity so that we could give others a chance to achieve that state as well. We wanted to create opportunities for individuals to have a truly unique and memorable experience.  After a year and a half of this venture, however, I’ve come to realize a hidden benefit of running this little event business:  our events create optimal experience for me as well.  This past weekend’s second annual Hot Hot Hundred trail race event proved it yet again.

Seeing individuals and groups of friends struggle and laugh and fight through pain and adversity; seeing runners push past pain and fatigue to achieve their goals; seeing people laugh together and enjoy one another’s company all because of an event that we collectively made possible.  That’s flow for me.  After each of our events I feel a satisfaction and a pleasure like nothing else I’ve ever experienced.  I want to thank each and every one of you who follow what we do, participate in our races, or volunteer to make it all possible. These experiences are as much for me as they are for you.  Is that selfish?  I don’t think so.  I think it just means that we (all of us) are successful in creating events that have a lasting impact on each of our lives.

Thank you!

Until next week,



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