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Archive for February, 2010

On your mark! Get set!…

Monday, February 15, 2010

On your mark! Get set! …

Even typing these words, I find myself holding my breath. That dreaded call to prepare for action. Waiting for the moment when I’d hear that final word in the phrase — the release from body-locking, nerve-wracking anticipation — “Go!”

When I was a kid, I was on a swim team. I loved being in the water and I loved my teammates. But Saturday mornings, we’d head to the pool for the swim meets and I hated them. I never enjoyed that feeling before a race. Standing on the starting block, muscles poised and ready to spring into action, the adrenaline would give me a headache, and my stomach felt like a volcano full of bubbling lava, threatening to erupt. Hearing those five little words made me want to jump off the block and run and hide in the bathroom.

E Hoʻomākaukau!

The Hawaiian equivalent of that phrase is also a call to action. It’s something that every hula dancer knows — the final call from the chanter to bring everyone to one mind. The call to prepare for the dance and for the hula beat to begin.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working with my wonderful team to get this website ready to launch. Sorting through pictures. Writing essays for the site. Working with friends on the East Coast, the West Coast and in the Islands.

And every morning when I wake up I hear the words echo inside my head:

E Hoʻomākaukau!

But this call to action doesn’t make me anxious. It’s a snap to attention so that I can focus on the tasks at hand. It drives me to discover new ways to share the things that I’ve been learning. It inspires me as I work with the team to create a website that folks will want to come visit.

And it reminds me to look around and take in all of the magic that’s happening. To really savor the moment.

E Hoʻomākaukau!

Maybe this call to action doesn’t make me nervous because it’s not a race. It’s not a competition. It’s not about rushing to the finish line. This time, the call to action signals the start of a journey. And instead of holding my breath, I relax and exhale.

‘Ae. Let’s start this new chapter in the Crooner’s life.