(Nathan Ogden, inspirational speaker, trainer and author of “Unfrozen,” will be this year’s Chair The Love keynote speaker! In 2001, Nathan shattered his neck in a snow skiing accident, leaving him a quadriplegic. Since his accident, Nathan has traveled the nation visiting businesses, organizations, nonprofits and schools to speak about how to conquer fears and become “unfrozen” in your day-to-day life.)
Last week I took my two youngest girls with me into the mountains of Idaho to speak with a group of middle-aged single adults near Garden Valley. I gave a really fun talk that night outside the lodge with tall pine trees in every direction I looked. It doesn’t get much better than that. The next morning I helped give some workshops on how to face our fears and quit using excuses in all aspects of our lives. My girls and I slept in a tiny old cabin with extremely squeaky bed frames that have been there for many years. I didn’t sleep very well but it wasn’t because of the cold mountain air or because the bed was so skinny I couldn’t roll over to relieve pressure on my hips. It was because every time my girls moved even a tiny bit, (which for kids is all night long) the rusting metal springs just under our sleeping bags kept screeching an annoying high-pitch that made me want to stand up, walk out the door and take my chances with the coyotes. Even though we had a great time together there was something that kept distracting me. I mean really bugging me, and it’s not the first time this is happened.