The Energizer

Resilient Insights for Work & Life

Resilient Racers Only Need HEART!

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer - Monday, November 05, 2018
Featured Image
Drizzling, cold rain kept my drive along Pacific Coast Highway a soggy mess. “Poor cyclists”, I thought as I passed what looked like a race.   Ugh - What a DREARY day for a race! The longer I drove, the more I realized something was DIFFERENT about these cyclists. Sure, some had the lean, hard Lance Armstrong bodies one comes to expect in a bicycle race.

But most of these folks were different. A number looked like weekend warriors, puffing as they edged up the hill entering Laguna Beach. Pudgy legs, tummies over the handle bars, and gray hair matted down under blue and white pointed hard plastic helmets. Some were young adolescents, peddling in bravado ahead of the adults.  A couple hundred riders of different ages, sizes, shapes, and colors. 

“What’s going on?” I thought as I tried to peer through the beat of the windshield wipers. A number of observers stood by the side of the road cheering, waving and holding up posters that looked none-the-worse for the rain. BEAT MS!!! “Oh,” I slowed down, waved, and gave a thumbs-up.

It was a ride to raise money for multiple sclerosis—that scourge of a disease that turns life into a complicated, never ending battle to just move. Every week, some 200 people are diagnosed with MS. I passed a team of six wearing identical jerseys “SPOKES people in the fight against MS.”.  Spokes?   I get it: Bicycles!!  I laughed out loud and gave them a thumbs up and a blown kiss as I passed. It became a GREAT day a race—the human race.

Share This Post

Like this post? Please share it!

< Back to All Posts


Eileen McDargh Keynote Speaker Blog Author

About Eileen!

Since beginning her consulting and training practice in 1980, Eileen has become noted for her ability to speak the truth with clarity, wisdom, humor and compassion. Long-standing clients and repeat engagements attest to her commitment to make a difference in minds, hearts and spirits of organizations and individuals. She draws upon practical business know-how, life's experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Executive Excellence magazine selected her as one of the top 100 thought leaders in leadership and among the top ten consultant providers of leadership development.

View all posts by Eileen

Subscribe to My Blog!

Like My Blog?

Please share it!

Recents Posts




Communication Listening More Fun at Work teams resilience Walk For Hunger waiting Disrupt Family Bill Treasurer Tornadoes in Texas Change Christmas Vegan Girls Energizing goals Yoga Your Resiliency GPS Thanksgiving Hurricane Harvey stuck coaching Content Generation Emotional Intelligence Survive resiliency Nursing Loss Motivating Others Diversity Talk Ain't Cheap Book Option B Book Reviews Office Celebrations Depression Relationships Energy Back To School Disruption Jewish Technology Sales Road Trip Politics Reshaping the Brain Sustainability Postive Work Environment Labor Day Optimism employee retention Employee Attitude Boston Marathon Stress women in leadership Twas The Night Before Christmas Adaptability cancer Women WASP Kindness Feedback John Havlik U.S.A.A. Humor Soft Skills John Blumberg Guns Humanity Radical Resiliency Building Resilience Happiness earthquakes Intentions Positive Brain Repatterning Personal Responsibility Arlington Cemetary Honoring Veterans Learned Optimism Writing Spelling Bee angels LGBTQ Dogs Sexual Harassment work life balance Speaking Aging Adventure Multi-tasking Henry VIII customer service Patriots holidays Suddenly Single Adam Grant Meetings preresilience Vacation Deloitte Networking servant leadership Gifts From The Mountain New Year resolutions Empathy Fun Work Environment Idea conscience Leadership Skills The Last Jedi Voting Trust gratitude Energizing Others Burnout Hurricane Irma love Education Charity e-mail USAA St. Patrick's Day Branding Mark Scharenbroich employees Career Advice Travel civil discourse Social Media Mother's Day Bullying resilient organizations Memorial Day Corporate Culture Children Environtment Sheryl Sandberg resilient leaders creativity Divorce Superbowl Seder Eve Persuasion Climate Change Leaders Open Doors Book Siblings Alzheimer's Engaged Workers