RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, GEORGE

“If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up.

What he needs is education to turn him around.”

 Jim Rohn, author

 At the age of 55, George Knox had a heart attack. This was no surprise. Most of the males in his family died of heart attacks in their 50s and 60s. While in his hospital bed, he happen to hear some doctors discussing his chances of survival. What he heard, he didn’t like. They gave him 4 maybe 5 more years at the most. Although he was born on Easter Sunday April 16, 1911, George decided he was going to be born again at age 55. This ceremony would take place on the road, at the dinner table, and inside his head.

George Knox started running. At first a few laps around his yard. Then he graduated to the streets near his home. He hadn’t come up with a good pair of running shoes yet so his first adventure on the road took place in house slippers.

A couple of policeman became curious about his motive.

“Who are you running from?”

“No one.”

“What are you running to?”

“Nothing.”

After a little more conversation, George managed to convince them he wasn’t nuts – he was just trying to show a couple of doctors they were wrong about their numbers.

George got himself a good pair of running shoes and very soon after that he was entering some races. Even a 26.2 mile marathon wasn’t enough to satisfy his new passion. He finished first in a 62 mile ultra marathon race.

George changed his habits at the kitchen table too. Fried and greasy foods were tossed out the window and replaced with fruits and vegetables.

The biggest change in the life of George Knox took place in his mind. His favorite quote was “As a man thinketh, so is he.”

And George made his living in the thinking business. He became the oldest practicing psychologist in the state of Ohio. He helped me get ready for a marathon race with the use of visualization and hypnosis.

Five years after his heart attack, George is still running strong.

Ten years after his heart attack, George is still running strong.

Fifteen years after his heart attack, George is still running strong.

Twenty years after his heart attack, George is still running strong.

Twenty-five years after his heart attack, George is still running strong.

Thirty years after his heart attack, George is still running strong.

Thirty-five years after his heart attack, George is still running strong.

Forty years after his heart attack, George is still running strong.

Forty-four years after his heart attack, George Knox dies at the age of 99.

WOW!

I’m sure it’s no coincidence, I live on George Street. The sign may not have the glitter of a Broadway marquee but it reminds me everyday it’s Showtime – and I write the script.

Thank you, George.

 

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