Life Lessons from The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one of the best-selling books in history. The story of Santiago, the shepherd boy on a journey to realize his “Personal Legend” has inspired people all over the world to live their dreams.
Here are ten of the most popular passages and lessons to apply to your life:

1. Fear is a bigger obstacle than the obstacle itself
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”
Any new pursuit requires entering uncharted territory — that’s scary. But with any great risk comes great reward. The experiences you gain in pursuing your dream will make it all worthwhile.

2. What is “true” will always endure
“If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return.”
Truth cannot be veiled by smoke and mirrors — it will always stand firm. When you’re searching for the “right” decision, it will be the one that withstands the tests of time and the weight of scrutiny.

3. Break the monotony
“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”
Gratitude is the practice of finding the good in each day. Life can easily become stagnant, mundane, and monotonous, but that changes depending on what we choose to see. There’s always a silver lining, if you look for it.

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Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational Recap

Good afternoon. My apologies for this being the first recap of the season. I will get the other ones done over the next week and be better in the future. Yesterday we traveled to Latrobe Memorial Stadium of the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational. Once again we would be facing some of the state’s best in Hempfield Area, North Allegheny and more. One thing we have been working with the kids on is trusting their outer self and not overthinking things, being present in the moment, and executing what they do daily in practice.

“You can’t outwit fate by trying to stand on the sidelines and place little side bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything to play the game, or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play, you can’t win.” –Judith McNaught

Our day started with the prelims in the hurdles, dashes, and field events. We had fast start on the day when Theo launched the shot 33-5 and Nick leaped 32-10 for new personal bests. On the track, Shannon S ran 22.42 in the 100 hurdles, a few steps off of her best effort. Zach ran 16.12 for a new personal best and was the fastest qualifier in 110 hurdles. Mary Elliott ran 13.77 in the prelims to finish 8th and qualify for the finals. Myah Chappell and Jordan Dawson ran 30.00 and 33.39 in the 200 prelims to set new personal bests. As we headed back to the run way, Lance was a in tight battle in the triple jump as he traded marks with athletes from Hempfield Area and Frankling Regional. He would end up 3rd overall with a jump of 42-5.25, a few inches off his season’s best.
After a brief Hall of Fame ceremony, the meet was restarted with the finals. Zach continued his winning ways as he barreled down the track to run 15.98 to break the tape. The first of hopefully many sub-16 clockings of his career. Next up was Mary as she duplicated her 13.77 from the morning to tie for 7th place.
As we headed back to the field, Theo was having a banner day as he pushed his javelin personal best to 116-6. Not to be outdone, Lance was getting into a rhythm in the high jump. He had matched his best of 5-6 and followed it up with a clearance of 5-8 (district qualifying standard) on his third attempt, and he wasn’t done there. He would go on to clear 5-10 for a 4-inch personal best! He had a couple of good looks at 6, but wasn’t able to hit that height. Next up on the track were the milers. Sera, Lindsey, and Addie had strong races as they finished 3rd, 8th, and 9th. Sera’s time of 5:28 was a season’s best. In the boys’ race, Carter Kauffman joined the illustrious sub-5 club with his 4:59.50 clocking! He is just a second off the district standard and will be in the hunt to get it next time.
The boys 4×1 team of Zach, Nick, Theo, and Lance improved their handoffs, but were slightly off their school record time as they finished 9th in 48.34. Mary was next up in the jumps, finishing 13th in the long jump with a leap of 14-1.25. Theo continued his personal best filled day with a heave of 85-3 in the discus. Lance was back on the runway as he took a brief break in the high jump. He had 2 big jumps, but one was a scratch and the other one he fell back on his hands. His only legal jump was 18-9.5 which earned him 8th place.
Back on the track, Myah and Jordan were lining up for the one-lapper. Jordan continued her fast day by running 1:16.21. While Myah lowered her personal best to 1:06.53, a second off of the school record. Shannon S put together her best race of the season in the 300m hurdles as she improved to 1:00.21. She will breakthrough the minute barrier next time she races! Zach’s strong day continued as added another win and personal best in the 300m hurdles with a time of 41.80. A narrow victory of 8-thousandths of a second over 2nd place. It was also his first sub-42 clocking of his career. The 800s were the next on the track. Addie lead wire to wire in her heat and imposed her will up the home stretch for a new personal best and district qualifying time of 2:34.12, earning her 10th place. Sera battled with the leaders the whole race to finish in a new personal best/school record of 2:27 to finish 3rd. The boys matched the girls efforts as Kaelan had a great race where his racing instincts were on full display as he ran 2:22. Jacob and Carter battled through the pack to finish within hundredth of each other, 2:12.79 and 2:12.80, respectively. They are a second away from districts! Jacob’s time was a 2+ second personal best!
In the 3200 Kate and Grace were slightly off their early season marks but turned in solid performances to finish in 10th and 11th place respectively. They did a great job leading packs throughout the race and will be ready for the next time on the track. Max and Isaac had another strong outing in the 3200 as both chipped off time on the personal best. Max lowered his best to 11:03, while Isaac is down to 11:20.4. Max is a second away from the district standard. Our last event on the track was the girls 4×4 team of Addie, Mary, Lindsey, and Sera. The ran well to finish 7th in 4:29 right around their best this season.
For his efforts on the track, Zach was named MVP behind his two first place finishes!
Overall the boys team finished 10th while the girls landed in the 12th spot. It was a great day of competition and the team took another step forward in reaching our goals. We have a very driven group and that is on display each day. Thanks for those who were able to make the trip to the meet and for the continued support and encouragement from everyone.

Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them–a desire, a dream, a vision. — Muhammad Ali

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Northern Cambria, Blacklick Valley Meet Information

Good afternoon. We have a quick turnaround for our meet tomorrow. It should be a very competitive meet. The great thing about dual meets is that you throw times/distance out the window and you focus on learning how to compete as your battle your opponent. We’ve mixed up our lineup some tomorrow to get people in new events and get some training in as well. We will have a busy week with another meet on Friday. My Mom just informed me that they are calling for snow showers on Friday, so hopefully that changes over the next few days. But even if it doesn’t we will be ready, as we are built for any and all challenges!!
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Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. — Vince Lombardi

When people exercise caution, they’re trying to reduce risk, but when risk is removed from life, a lot of other good things vanish as well. Life without risk is like a meal without seasoning, bland and unforgettable.
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Mount Lebanon Meet Information

Good morning. Here are the details for Saturday’s meet. The final lineup isn’t ready just yet, because I need to talk to a few people at practice about their event . Please see the note about the food bank as well. Just to note, the meet director, Oscar Shutt, and I were HS teammates.

Directions from SJCAhttps://goo.gl/maps/3zEDv
Arrive at SJCA by 4:37am so we can load the bus
Depart SJCA by 4:57 am

Tentative Time Schedule:
9:00am Coaches Meeting
9:30am Field Events Begin
10:00am Track Events Begin
 
Teams Competing in 2017:
Bethel Park, Bishop Canevin, Brentwood, Chartiers Valley, Eden Christian, Greensburg Salem, Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Pleasant, Oakland Catholic (girls), South Fayette, St. Joseph’s (Boalsburg)
 

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Central Mountain/Selinsgrove Meet Information

Good morning. Our first meet is upon us. Here are the details for the day. We will be facing Central Mountain and Selinsgrove at Central Mountain Middle School. It is the first meet and will prove one way or the other what we’ve been seeing in practice. Help your athletes to have courage and be brave, it will enable them to have the performance they have been training for. They’ve been training hard and are ready to go. Keep the focus on effort and process, not the end results. The results will come. It is March 27. We’re training for May 27.

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PTFCA Indoor Track Carnival Recap

To conclude our busy week of traveling, we took a small group of athletes to Lehigh for the PTFCA Indoor Track Carnival. This meet has been on the schedule before, but bad weather kept us from making the trip. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case in 2017. Rausch Fieldhouse is always jam packed with athletes, coaches, and spectators making it a very energetic atmosphere, because the athletes are constantly surrounded as the crowds are inches away at all times. On our schedule was Michael in the 800 and the girls’ distance medley relay. As we were waiting for our turn to compete we were treated with some great competition, including a new US #1 time in the girls’ 60m Hurdles by Cheltenham’s Chanel Brissett, a back and forth battle in the HJ that featured PA #1 Kyle Garland (Garland won with a clearance of 6-9), and the state record holder in the pole vault, Katie Jones, set the meet record and attempt to break her own state record. We also got to see Olympian and USA Track and Field Hall of Famer, Joetta Clark, as she was there supporting her daughter who was also competing.

The little details add up until they represent significant differences. Let nothing slip through the cracks. – Bill Belichick

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