Attitude, Attitude, Attitude Complete With Old Worn Out Sayings By Joan(ie) Siegel We cannot always control what happens to us in life, but we do have some control over how we react or respond to what life tosses at us. Many things in life that are satisfying, rewarding, or worth doing, are not easy. It is our choice whether to take on challenges with good humor and a sense of adventure, or to just sit back and give up. You have heard, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” We all have burdens and setbacks in life. Are we a glass half full or half empty looker? Are we going to be happy with what we have or are we going to bemoan the difficulties in life and what we don’t have? I have friends in the Roncker’s training groups who have decided to walk a full or half marathon. Many started out having a great deal of difficulty keeping up and going the distance. Did they throw in the hat and say, “This is too hard, it’s not worth it”? No. They kept at it with good humor and no complaints. It takes hard work and looking at the big picture. So many walkers have improved quite a bit, some amazingly so. I have no doubt that, due to their good attitude and willingness to work hard and extend themselves out of their comfort zones, they will continue to improve. You know who I’m talking about and you should be proud of yourselves! Keep up the good work! Speaking of getting out of your comfort zone, I have three walking buddies who have participated in several 100-mile races and many 50-mile ultra marathons. They all have had foot and other problems, and one has Crohn’s disease. He finishes races ahead of many of the runners. It would be easy to use the Crohn’s as an excuse to sit on his couch and talk to his birds, but he doesn’t, and he never complains. His wife is another amazing person. Due to injuries, she might not excel at walking the way the ultra marathoners do, but she does excel at supporting others with patience, kindness, intelligence and organization, even when she is in pain from an injury. These folks are all extremely successful at what they do. Why? Could it be their heart, drive and good humor? I think so. They also happen to be some of the nicest people you will ever meet. All have been coaches at one time or another with the Running Spot walkers’ training groups.
I truly believe that every cloud has a silver lining. I have so much to be grateful for. I have gotten the support of friends, friends I might not have realized I had if it were not for needing them. I have so many little things to be grateful for, and as we know, the little things do add up. Listen to the news. I am grateful that I have a bed, blanket, pillows, and a roof over my head, for hot showers and a car that runs. I’m grateful for family, friends, and food. My boyfriend passed away, but I am so grateful that I had him in my life for six years. My full time job was stressful, but I am grateful I had a job. Now I am grateful that I am retired. I am grateful for all the wonderful co-workers I have had. I am grateful to have had the strength, health, and energy to be able to do all the things I have done. I am grateful to have earned first place walking trophies even if I can barely walk now. At least I had the opportunity to know what it feels like to have done something well. I am glad I got to do what I did when I could! If there is something you want to do, do it now. Dive in there. Don’t put it off because no one knows what the future brings. We all have some challenges. Are we going to let them beat us? We can try to overcome the challenges and if that’s not possible, accept with good humor the position we find ourselves in. It is what it is. I can do this and, if you have the desire, you can too! Maybe we’re not as fast or can go as far as we would like, but at least we can get out there and give it a try! Our training groups are great!!! Many of us keep coming back for more, just for the camaraderie. Bring your attitude.
I can’t name everybody I walk with, but I bet every one of them has a story. The topics are numerous; age (72 year olds walking faster than most, no matter what their age), injuries (there are many of us who have fallen, gotten stitches, broken bones, torn ligaments or just bled a lot), cancer (I’m not the only one), etc. All of these folks keep plugging away, pushing themselves to do their best, and coming back for more. They support and offer encouragement to each other. Everyone who joins our training groups embraces the attitude of, “I can do this, and I am up to the challenge.” With that attitude, good things can happen!
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