Month: May 2013

She was a High Point

 
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We spent a day visiting High Point University on a campus tour recently.  We were introduced to Rachel (above) and told since there were no others scheduled that day we would have a private guided tour.  Now, we snuck in the night before and took a walk around the campus and figuring we saw most of the campus we weren’t going to see anything more that was going to knock our socks off.  Well needless to say we all ended the tour sock-less.  Rachel was fantastic, engaging and highly informative.  She was definitely a “High Point”!
 
We started our tour in the campus store, where I made reference that since Polo was being sold at the campus store that LiFE is NOW…® should also have some shelf space.  Much to my chagrin but more to my understanding Rachel said; “LiFE is NOW…®, I don’t know that company”.  Ouch! That hurt.  But fully understandable.  I then informed her that it was our company and in fact we had High Point’s colors already in our inventory.  Better yet we have one (maybe two or three) purple LiFE is NOW…® tanks just for her and asked if she would she like one.  She smiled the smile you see in her photo, said, “yes” and thanked us.  We gave her several more for her friends.
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As we made our way around the campus via golf cart I became more aware of a message I was seeing displayed in sculptures, plaques and how our guide, Rachel, was presenting the university.  Incredibly High Point’s focus and LiFE is NOW’s culture were very similar.  From the quote seen below to the life skills that are offered from the very beginning to create well rounded individuals; and on to dreaming big.  There seems to be no stopping a HPU graduate with all the support that is purported to be available.
 
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What a great way of looking at the world.  In a past post called The World is Yours we talk about making the world your own.  Changing it; it’s malleable.  This can’t be done thinking the same way all the time and believing you are relegated to waiting for someone else to build a bridge in order to get to your dream or change course.  Be the one who builds the bridge in your mind and allow others to follow you on your quest.  But please warn those who follow; that because you are bridge builder you may not be on this path forever.  If they want to follow you across another bridge and to other dreams and worlds, well that’s their prerogative.  We try not to ever forget to Try Something New. Remember the story of the Titanic and the Ark?
 
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It seems there is some designed semblance of balance in the culture at HPU; from being encouraged to “Dream Big” for the future to filling life with joy and more in the NOW.  Reminds me of The Rocks and the Mayonnaise Jar story. The Dream Big Chairs were highly noticeable as the bright white giants loomed in the middle of  the campus on a background of dark green.  They are a constant reminder to never stop dreaming.  And if you’re going to dream why not Dream Big.  Below is a sculpture called The Cupped Hand; one of many, seen throughout the campus.  Each one has a plaque describing its significance.  This particular one is there to ensure that we always remember to fill life with “learning, fellowship, joy and more”.  From a LiFE is NOW…® standpoint it is a great spot to pause, realize you’re alive and enjoy the moment and take in the sheer beauty the world and people have to offer.
 
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So as you make your way through LiFE you have the choice of drifting on autopilot or taking action, dreaming big, building bridges and molding your world.  It’s up to you.
Rachel certainly seems to have made a choice to look at LiFE in a proactively positive way and it shows.  Cheers Rachel!
LiFE is NOW…®  make it a High Point!
 
 
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I like your shirt! LiFE is NOW…®

I love it when I’m out in LiFE is NOW…® clothing and strangers talk to me; especially when they say “I like your shirt. LiFE is NOW…®” Several times while traveling in North Carolina this happened. This is one of those of times.

We were visiting Chapel Hill, NC (home of the Tar Heels) to walk around and see the town.  While enjoying a gorgeous day on E. Franklin Street we were engaged by a gentleman who invited us to try his restaurant.  He went on to proudly say that he did a lot of research and testing up north in the Boston area before opening his shop.  With that said and being from the “Boston area” we decided to get a sandwich to take with us to our next destination, Greensboro, NC.  Now, I’m no food critic so I will reserve my comments but suffice to say if you ever find yourself in Chapel Hill, NC on E. Franklin Street, across from the university be sure to swing into Top This and be greeted with warm southern hospitality and try a sandwich for yourself.  After all LiFE is NOW…® what better time to try something new.
Ashley - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Ashley – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
As I was waiting for our order the bartender said…yes, you guessed it “I like your shirt, LiFE is NOW…®”.  Again, I love it when people “get it”! LiFE is definitely NOW.  So  I handed her our business card, asked her if she wears tank tops, what size and what color and made sure she “got it”. She ended up choosing the pink one as you can see.  Her name is Ashley and if you’re ever in Chapel Hill  and on E. Franklin Street go visit her, say “hello”.  She could be hiding behind the bar.
 
Ashley has a great LiFE is NOW…® Moment.  After the introductions and questions of where we were all from she said she and her friend simply decided one day to change their lives, and search for something more, so they packed up their things and they moved to Beverly Hills (well not really); it was Chapel Hill! She tells us they are still friends to this day.
 
We met so many great and warm people in the South and they seemed to understand the LiFE is NOW…® culture.  Ashley was one of them.  We hope she wears her new tank top often and tells people of her story.
 
 
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Meet Ginny & Her Mom

Sunday – This happens to me quite a bit and one of the reasons I love travel. Let me set the stage.

We were visiting the Raleigh – Chapel Hill – High Point, North Carolina region visiting college campuses in the hope of finding the right one; or at least confirming the college of first choice and spreading the LiFE is NOW…® word.  This particular day saw us arriving in Chapel Hill just as their graduation was letting out. It was a gorgeous day and great to see all the families proud, smiling and celebrating while they traversed the main the drag. This is where the story begins.chapel hill-north carolina-life is now_sm

My daughter and I slipped in to Starbucks to visit the bathroom as we’d being driving and walking most of the day.  As we arrived at the bathrooms in the rear of the store my daughter found no line and was able to access the bathroom.  Fantastic! Plenty of people bustling about outside for Graduation Day and Mother’s Day weekend and she found an empty loo!  I too was lucky (or so I thought) as there was no line for the men’s bathroom; so I checked the door which was open, and proceeded to step forward until I was surprisingly warned by the current occupant! I jumped back, expressed my sincere apologies, reclosed the door and got back in line and informed my daughter of what had just occurred.  At that moment a young woman approached me with a southern drawl and explained it was her mom in the men’s bathroom and she apologized; then returned with her mom back to their table.

On our way out I saw the family sitting enjoying some time together and figured mom was distraught after the event in the loo and went over to apologize and assured them that “I’d forgotten about the whole ordeal”, wished them well and was on my way.

Monday– we spent most of the morning touring High Point University before making our way back to Raleigh airport to drop of the rental car and begin our journey home.

Once inside the airport we checked in, grabbed our bags and headed for security.  Here is where the story begins to ramp up.

While winding our way through the cattle fencing toward the X-ray machines and security post who do I spot in line? You guessed it; my friend from the bathroom at Starbucks a DAY earlier! And once again I reassured them “I’d forgotten all about the incident”.  We had a good laugh and went on our separate ways knowing they’d be heading somewhere south based on their accents while we were headed north.  Never to see each again. Wrong again. More ramping up, twist number two coming up ( brought to in part by the wonders of the hub airport system).

You see we were headed in opposites directions but…AFTER the next flight!!  Turns out they were ON OUR FLIGHT to the airline hub. Then off in separate directions we would go. Or would we?  Final twist.

As I was nearly last to board and my seat was the last one on the plane I was searching for overhead compartment space for my carry on (as I hate checking bags).  As I reached my final destination (seat# “rear lavatory”) I heard a voice call out “are you following us!?”  At which point I looked down and saw two old high school friends.  NO!  Come on!  You know who it was.  It was my BATHROOM BUDDIES !!!  In the seat in front of me!  We laughed again and figured we should at least introduce ourselves. So without further adieu meet Ginny (& her mom, my “awkward acquaintance”).

Ginny showing off her new LiFE is NOW...® Tank
Ginny showing off her new LiFE is NOW…® Tank

Ginny is posing with a LiFE is NOW…® “Apology” Tank.  It was the least I could do.

So with her infectious smile I hope she wears it and lives it and passes it on to all her friends and those that come in contact with her.

We wish them safe future travels, more quality time together and the opportunity LiVE LiFE NOW and meet more people of the world. And hope someday we meet again. Who knows maybe in a bathroom in Boston!

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