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One Man’s Amazing Story

 

 

Today I am inviting you to meet a brave brave son of God who has an immeasurable amount of faith. His words have touched me and I am sure you will be moved by them as well.

He also made me feel ashamed; I have nothing to complain about in my life – nothing at all.  On those days when you think life is harder than hard, and thins are rough – read this and remember Bill who suffers from ALS and has unshakeable hope even as he manages to keep the faith … no matter what.

Source: A Dispatch From My Cave


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Just Do It!

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“See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)

“Develop resilience and be brave. There are days when it is very discouraging. You have to develop personal resilience to environmental things that come along. If you let every single environmental challenge knock you off your game, it’s going to be very, very hard.” ~ Renee James

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I wasn’t sure what I should say as we start out on the path of 2017 and as you can see, this note is way too delayed in terms of being a Happy New Year message. So after a bit of thinking I decided to share something personal which meant a lot to me in terms of not only achievement but commitment to myself as much as I commit to others without a second thought.

During 2016 I had to quit the gym (some activities have to become things of the past when you have a child studying overseas at university) and watched in dismay as the pounds crept on to my body. I was not a happy camper and decided (finally) to get back into running as my main form of exercise.

To be honest, some days I felt like giving up. Getting out of bed very early every morning in the dark was not cutting it. Jogging after work late in the evening – again, in the dark – was also not cutting it.  Yet on other days I couldn’t wait to run twice a day. Go figure.

But I persisted, running as often and as much as I could. Then I fell. Hard. On my back. It was painful to say the least. I had to give up running for a while. I don’t know which hurt most, my body or not being able to get out on the road but I knew that if I didn’t take the time to rest properly my injuries would take even longer to heal.  In the meantime I continued to eat properly and kept up with my diet of steamed fish, steamed vegetables (cooked with love) and loads of salad.

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The human body is amazingly resilient, even when it is an older version with spare parts which can stop working at a moments notice. And so, in December of 2016, I ran and finished my first 5K in I don’t know how many years … and boy did it feel good to cross that finish line standing (as opposed to crawling)!

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Now it’s on to a new year with even bigger goals and hopefully greater achievements. I have only run twice so far for the year but just as my body is resilient so will be my resolve to continue on this healthy lifestyle path.

I am a runner

4 Jan 2017 Run aka go me!

 

In reality, all we humans can do is to put one foot in front of the other day by day as we step out in faith, not only reaching towards our own dreams while remembering to help others along the way. God promises to do a new thing in us, not only in January but every single day and every single month; all we have to do is remain open to His wonderful gifts because they will come.

So what are your goals? What would you really like to achieve over the next 12 months? How much work are you willing to put in to ensure your dreams become a reality? What support do you need? How can I help??? Leave a note in the comments as we get this year off to a great start and may 2017 be even more amazing than you can ever hope it to be aka Just Do It!

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“Indeed, this life is a test. It is a test of many things – of our convictions and priorities, our faith and our faithfulness, our patience and our resilience, and in the end, our ultimate desires.” ~ Sheri L. Dew

“It’s one thing to show your love for someone when everything is going fine and life is smooth. But when the ‘in sickness and in health’ part kicks in and sickness does enter your lives, you’re tested. Your resilience is tested.” ~ Patti Davis

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Some Days I Am Just Too Tired

 

Tired of feeling tired? God knows and He is with you. Know someone who may be tired too? Then pass this on, especially if it has helped you to feel a little less tired than usual 🙂


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The Continuous Quest for Self Improvement

the journey is the destination

“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Are you on a continuous quest for self improvement? I believe we all are! Who wants to remain exactly as they were 10 or 20 or 30 years ago, even last year? The goal is to be that little bit better today than we were the day before.

Admittedly sometimes that is easier said than done but there are many people out there who can help point us in the right direction. Take Richard Branson founder of Virgin Atlantic for example: a successful entrepreneur and one of many persons not only with a knack for knowing how to make things happen but who is always on a quest for making his life the best life possible.

Thanks to www.biography. com for offering a synopsis of his bio here:

“Born on July 18, 1950, in Surrey, England, Richard Branson struggled in school and dropped out at age 16—a decision that ultimately lead to the creation of Virgin Records. His entrepreneurial projects started in the music industry and expanded into other sectors making Branson a billionaire. His Virgin Group holds more than 200 companies, including the recent Virgin Galactic, a space-tourism company. Branson is also known for his adventurous spirit and sporting achievements, including crossing oceans in a hot air balloon.” Read more

Whether we are employees, retired, entrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms or dads (is that term even still used today???); whether we are young or old or middle-aged, let’s be on the quest to make this one life we have the best ever … because if Richard Branson can do it then so can we!

Wisdom from Richard Branson

 

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Are you on a quest too? How successful have you been? Do you have any mentors who hold your hand (whether literally or figuratively) just when you need it most? And what do you do to make your life the best it can be? Leave me a comment or two and feel free to share Richard Branson’s words of wisdom with others. Now go out and make it happen 🙂

“Listen, I wish I could tell you it gets better, but it doesn’t get better. You get better.” ~ Joan Rivers

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