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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

Ultrarunning and Life's Lessons

Ultrarunning and Life’s Lessons

Growing up is a marathon not a sprint – Layers of light beats one heavy

When you are on a bicycle or running in extreme or varying weather the body temperature changes and the need to regulate the temperature comes into play.

Lesson: Layers of light clothing is more effective than one heavy layer.

On a bicycle there are 21 gears, sometimes more, to make adjustments ever so slightly to the different degrees in the terrain.

It makes sense that since your body temperature changes in degrees also that you have ‘gears’ or layers of clothes to make the necessary adjustments.

It is convenient = easy to wear just one coat or pull over and take it on and off as you feel necessary. And it’s easier to handle one item more than to handle many. But it’s not as effective in the long run. And we know that life is a marathon, not a sprint.

Changes around us in life are often small, not big. We need to adjust to the changes in life in small increments, not big ones.

Drastic changes can result in going from too cold to too hot in one step. And neither of those situations are probably best for handling the immediate situation.

Life is more easily handled by making small adjustments than big ones.

Hmm … I think I need to go shopping.

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

Bill Belew

Professional Blogger, social media marketer, professor of marketing, Christian and dad.

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