Abraham Lincoln said, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” I think the same can be true of the challenges we take on.
Nearly six months ago, I began my Y39 Project…a passionate pursuit of living life on purpose. This exploration has led me down some interesting paths.
- Starting is the Hard Part
- 5 Lessons I Learned from Completing my First Half-Marathon
- My Life Changed at the Platform Conference
- A Generous Heart Emerges
Three More Lessons
Walking through the pre-race expo on Friday, I came across the following sign:
This sign really got me thinking. Earlier in the week, I shared how I wanted to create memorable moments while racing this past Sunday. Mission accomplished…I literally Instagram’d, Tweeted and Facebook’d my way through 13.1 miles.
Along the way, three lessons emerged from Sunday’s journey:
- Miracles Do Happen – it might be a miracle that I finished the race, but it’s not my miracle I want to share. A friend of mine shared how God had opened the floodgates and poured out a blessing at just the right moment. In our busy lives, we might miss or dismiss the grace-filled moments that remind us just how much God loves when He meets the needs of His children.
Miracles do happen and as the Newsboys say, “God’s Not Dead, He’s Surely Alive”.
- Learn From the Past – in my last half-marathon, I ran when I felt strong which was great for miles three thru six, but bad for miles ten thru thirteen. This time, I spent the first 5k warming up, but then started to drop the hammer beginning at mile four and slowly started picking up the pace and picking off the people.
On Sunday, I managed my pace, fluids and food intake to perfection and I felt awesome through mile ten was able to do a new PR of 3:56:47 – a 5-minute PR.
The lessons we learn from our past can help shape our future.
- Winning the Mental Battle – the head games we play have two outcomes – either it defeats us or we fight back and overcome for the victory. During my last half-marathon, I shared the intense mental battle to persevere through the middle miles of 7, 8 and 9. This time, the mental battle wasn’t to stay in the race, it was to pick off people and continually move forward.
As I reached mile ten, there was only a 5K to go instead of…”I am only at mile 10”. This simple shift in thought can serve us well when we tackle our own challenges.
Shakira said, “Hips don’t lie”, but they do ache, throb and prevent you from walking. When we put ourselves out there and challenge ourselves, we are bound to encounter pain and soreness; however, that pain is temporary and reminds us that our pursuits are worth it.
In the end, our lives are defined and refined by the stories we share, the journeys we take and the memories we treasure.
Question: Which of these lessons do you struggle with? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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