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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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What Pain Do You Want In Your Life?

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“I have no way of knowing how people really feel, but the vast majority of those I meet couldn’t be nicer. Every once in a while someone barks at me. My New Year’s resolution is not to bark back.”

Tucker Carlson

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“New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.”

Sarah Ban Breathnach
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At the beginning of a new year we tend to take some time to ask ourselves a lot of questions. When planning ahead for example we may try to figure out things like:

  • What do I want to do differently?
  • How much extra money do I need to make?
  • Where do I honestly want to be in the next three to five years – professionally and personally?
  • How do I get that sexy lean body I didn’t get last year?
  • What should I put on my bucket list that is achievable?
  • How can I create more meaningful memories with my family and children?

Yet, this really interesting article I came across entitled “Ask The Hard Questions” written by Mark Manson suggests the questions we ask may not truly yield the answers we are looking for.  To avoid vague non-specific answers we should therefore consider re-looking what we are asking.

Here are the first thoughts that jumped out at me:

“A more interesting question, a question that perhaps you’ve never considered before, is what pain do you want in your life? What are you willing to struggle for? Because that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives turn out.

Everybody wants to have an amazing job and financial independence—but not everyone wants to suffer through 60-hour work weeks, long commutes, obnoxious paperwork, to navigate arbitrary corporate hierarchies and the blasé confines of an infinite cubicle hell. People want to be rich without the risk, without the sacrifice, without the delayed gratification necessary to accumulate wealth.

Everybody wants to have great sex and an awesome relationship—but not everyone is willing to go through the tough conversations, the awkward silences, the hurt feelings and the emotional psychodrama to get there. And so they settle. They settle and wonder “What if?” for years and years and until the question morphs from “What if?” into “Was that it?” And when the lawyers go home and the alimony check is in the mail they say, “What was that for?” if not for their lowered standards and expectations 20 years prior, then what for?”

See what I mean? I was like wow! That certainly changes my perspective on a lot of things as I tackle where my focus should be for 2016; for sure I hadn’t considered the pain involved in attaining any of the stuff on my To Do List aka do I have what it takes (e.g. consistent staying power and stick-to-itiveness) to successfully tick those items off at the end of the year.

Click here to read the article in its entirety and then start the process of asking yourself the ‘right’ questions. It’s not too late to get the ‘right’ answers because with life we always have the opportunity for hope and blessings. Good luck!

 

“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.”

Cavett Robert

What do you think about this article? Do you set New Year resolutions? Do you hope to do anything at all differently this year? If yes, have you thought about what pain are you willing to bear? I’d love to hear from you!


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Because I’m Grateful for Another Year

 

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You are my everything

(a prayer of gratitude to God)

O Lord,

Were I to count the ways your love has worked in me,
There’d be no time to list them all, for each day you have been –

A gentle breeze that’s shaped my life.
A fragrance to enjoy.
A seed that’s born spring leaves and shoots
That makes my journey full.

Your words have helped me climb the peaks
And lit the valleys dark,
And always I have found the light
Of truth to guide my path.

You’ve given me the very gift
My heart was yearning for,
And blessed the work my hands have done
To make my offering more.

But more than this, as only you see
You’ve known my tears and smiles.
To walk so close to a loving friend
Is how I was designed.

And so I am so privileged
And inherit such a prize.
My heart is full of gratitude
And always open wide.

To drink in the beauty of each day
To run and dance and sing,
Because I live within your grace
You are my everything.

Amen.

 

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