Do you ever wake up and the first thought is… “Wow! This is my life!!” I think often times life becomes so mired in progress, goals, achievement, and deadlines that we forget to acknowledge the beauty of the journey itself. We forget that there are miracles all around and inside each of us.
When is the last time you thanked your body for being the healing vessel that it is? Do you treat it with the respect it deserves? In a world full of technology and big corporation… have you taken the time to marvel at the astoundingly complicated and intricate form that is your very own body? We build elaborate, mind-blowing techie stuff. We create start-ups that earn enough to wipe out world hunger… and then some. We bow to big pharma as the answer to our every ache, pain and DIS-ease. When will the time come that the most precious of inventions finally becomes the thing we protect and nurture the most? Ourselves. Our bodies. Our spirits. Our health and happiness. Our vitality. Our youth (YES! Even with each passing year… We can maintain the youthfulness that is so desired. It just takes work, patience and a lot of understanding.)
Start today with a little gratitude and love for another day! Abundance is all around you and just needs a spark of recognition and reverence from time to time to manifest many more blessings than imaginable. Now… I’m off to chase the Seattle sunrise…
Yesterday’s Stronghold Challenge, though the first ever organized by Discovery Church, was a tough, tough course! 25 obstacles completed in two loops for a total of a 5K distance. While the distance wasn’t far… the back to back obstacles made for a massive strength challenge unmatched thus far in my other two OCRs. Four obstacles in I found myself rappelled into a ravine with only one way out… about five 2″ ropes on a very steep, very muddy slope. I tried. Then tried again. Then tried a third thru about twelfth time. No luck. I was beaten. I was pissed. I was extremely fatigued. And I didn’t have a clue how to get myself out of there. The obstacle was monikered, The Ravine of Retaliation. Well, it had lived up to it’s name. Finally ditching my stubbornness and repetitive failure on one particular rope I switched to a different path up the backside of that ravine and eventually made it to the top. Did I say this was the fourth obstacle? There were 21 more to go. Including doing this particular one a second time.
I did not quit!
Fear got into my head and remained there for a better part of the next 30 minutes. But again, I did not quit!
By the time I battled out my first loop, to the cheers and encouragement of the already done husband and friends, the last thing I wanted to do was complete another loop. Once again, I did not quit. I kept going. Ahead was the same brutal path I had just completed. With a rope climb as the final obstacle. Halfway thru my husband jumped in to complete the final obstacles with me. I was battling every demon in my head. He was telling me not to give up. I was shaking, tired, completely worn out and convinced that I would not be able to make the rope climb. He admonished me for defeating myself. You know what? Tired, total muscle fatigue, royally pissed off at that ravine still… I conquered that rope! Had I quit I wouldn’t have known I had it in me still. I wouldn’t have the satisfaction I can wake up with today of simply finishing something that I set out to complete.
In the moments that my willpower and strength of mind won out over my body and my self-doubt… I became a winner.
Choose your decisions wisely.
Love & Light
And that, my friends, is the only way to live!!!
Many races later, tired of being a spectator, I finally decided it was time to leave the sidelines and step outside of my comfort zone in 2014. Forced myself to shove the self-doubt and fear of failure on their asses at the age of 43 and #stfu with a great group of friends and motivators. Wow! I never would have guessed how much fun I could have taking on each obstacle, squeezing out the burpee penalty when required and crossing that finish line with two of my best buds! Now, two months after that first race and I have another OCR medal to proudly display. The Inaugural Atlanta @battlefrogseries OCR this weekend was amazing! It was a challenge, tough, humbling and, oh so much fun!!! I am addicted. Two more OCRs are already scheduled for the month of June and I can’t wait to knock ’em out. I may not be the fastest, the strongest… but I’ll be damned if I’m not pushing the limits with every step!
Find your challenge. Push past the discomfort. And live life to the fullest! Pain and discomfort can make you feel more alive than any day spent simply wishing for more!
Love & Light