The Story of a 24-Hour Run

Peering out at the monstrous waves crashing on the vast sand of the Oregon Coast, I couldn’t help but think “Why not?” For years, my family and I had visited the Oregon Coast for day trips and the occasional overnight stay. However, whether it was the middle of winter or summer, I never went in the water. Why was that? Perhaps it was the fact that the Pacific Ocean maintained a constant frigid temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit, an invitation that many declined. The only people I’d ever seen take a plunge in the grand Pacific were boogey boarders in…


The Full Embrace of Our Humanity

Soaring high on the yellow and red wooden swing set in the backyard of our beautiful home in Naperville, Illinois, I felt excited. As I flew alongside my brother, while watching the abundant buds turn violet in the late May afternoon, I remember thinking, “Who could it possibly be?” A couple of minutes earlier, my Dad had taken a break from weeding our green lawn to inform us that we would be having some visitors over for dinner that night. Who would be coming? He wouldn’t say. All he revealed was a dramatic “We shall see” and a mysterious smile…


The Greatest Gift We Can Share

My friend,

You are the greatest, most wonderfully unique creation that this world has ever seen. A gem in the middle of the ocean. A treasure buried deep within the Earth. The greatest example of goodness. Never forget that you were made in the likeness and image of God, a light in the darkness that can exist in this world. But the voice, you say. What about the voice? The doubt that creeps in when you are in a new situation. The comparison to your peers. The fear. This voice is not you — this is the part of human…


The Art of Achieving Inner Stillness

I’ll never forget that moment as long as I live. Pristine. Still. Silence. Standing in the midst of 150-foot pines, the only sound I could make out was the occasional chirp of a Black-capped Chickadee or a Lark Sparrow. Other than that, the silence was that which greeted my ears. Vast emptiness. Infinite stillness. Unimaginable beauty. As I climbed the rugged green landscape of the Vail, Colorado mountains through towering Douglas Furs, I stopped dead in my tracks when an impeccable site greeted my eyes — a sweeping valley of green Evergreens and Ponderosa Pines as long and high as…


The Fuel To Change The World

Rock-bottom loneliness. I’ll never forget the power of that empty, hopeless, devastating feeling. I was a freshman at Notre Dame, new to the “outside world,” and had just left my family “nest” for the first time. As I began to walk around the campus where I would live for the next four years, I remember thinking how weird it felt to be on my own… really be on my own… like alone. I barely knew anyone. I was in charge of my own schedule. I was the one calling the shots. I had the “control” (at least I thought I…

Patrick Quinn

Self-motivated young professional transforming communities through energy & storytelling. On a mission to empower you to live more confidently and authentically

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