This blog will hopefully inspire you, warm your heart, make you smile and feel positive.

Running is a Gift

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Running isn’t a sport for pretty boys …

It’s about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. Its the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut.

It’s about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead.

It’s about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with.

It’s about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there’s not a single soul in sight to cheer you on.

Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fibre in your legs, mind, and heart is turned to steel.

And when you’ve finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that’s all that you can ask for.

- Paul Maurer, The Gift – A Runner’s Story

Success Begins When You Start

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To solve a problem, you don’t need to know all the answers in advance.

But you must have a clear idea of the problem you want to solve.

All you have to do is know where you’re going.

The answers will come to you of their own accord.

Don’t procrastinate when faced with a big difficult problem, break the problem into parts, and handle one part at a time.

Don’t worry about what lies dimly at a distance, but do what lies clearly ahead.

Your biggest opportunity is where you are right now.

When you begin you are half done.

If you can get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.

It’s the job you never start that takes the longest to finish.

Life is to Keep Pushing

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Hope is a catalyst. It can even move obstacles that seem immovable. When you keep pushing, refusing to give up, you create momentum. Hope creates opportunities you never would have anticipated. Helpful people are drawn to you. Doors open. Paths are cleared.

Remember – action brings reaction. When you are tempted to abandon your dreams, push yourself to continue one more day, one more week, one more month, and one more year. You will be amazed at what happens when you refuse to quit.

There is a quote about running: “It pains me to continue, but it hurts much worse to stop.”

Life Can Be This Simple

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Alone …….. Be love

Tired …….. Move your body

Wanna be understood …….. Explain

Have questions …….. Ask

Stressed …….. Breath

Not enough …….. Be gratitude

Have goals …….. Declare them

Don’t have a friend …….. Be a friend

Having a bad day …….. Make someone else’s day

Your feelings are hurt …….. Heal those of another

Why Is Love So Hard to Find

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Some people find it easy to fall in love, others not so much. We tend to fall in love with people who meet a certain criteria in our mind. Based on each individual’s subconscious criterion, the reasons vary from person to person on why it’s so hard to fall in love.

Loving a person can be extremely difficult:

1. Fear of commitment

Some couples have commitment issues and never seem to want to accept the terms of being “official.” Being “official” can suggest less freedom and less sexual variety. The hook-up culture is so prominent in society these days, it allows minimal time for commitment, minimal emotional attachment and more opportunities for physical pleasure. Love requires us to confront our own laziness, impulsiveness and boredom, which is hard for most people to do.

2. Fear of failed relationships

We’ve all heard stories from our friends, family and colleagues being related to some sort of cheating scandal. As a result, some have major trust issues, while others might feel burdened with insecurity from their partner.

3. Superficiality and shallowness

Some people are incredibly shallow, and it doesn’t help to know that a lot of people care about appearances when looking for a partner. Hence, it can make a person proceed with extreme caution.

4. Walking out is easier

A relationship requires a lot of time and effort. Some people aren’t necessarily willing to put in the effort and would rather break it off. With this being said, for some people, it’s easy to walk out because they know they have other options.

5. Process of recovery

After falling in love, you have to pick up the pieces from the heartbreak. We become guarded because our feelings have been hurt in the past. We’d rather not leap into things because we know very well how helpless and awful heartbreak can feel. Giving another person the power to put you through the same pain is never easy.

6. Having high standards

As we grow older, we add more things to our list of what we look for. This makes finding a partner tricky because each person has a certain score for his or herself to determine his or her own worth. When we meet someone, we tend to point out the negative aspects. It’s definitely good to maintain high standards because you want to be with someone who matches your worth, but sometimes, standards can become unattainable.

7. Other priorities

It’s hard falling in love due to societal factors. Adulthood tends to be delayed, and now there are more people going to college and moving back in with their parents. Starting a relationship requires time, effort and money. Quite frankly, a lot of people feel that they can afford to wait and rather concentrate on getting their careers off the ground.

8. Unknown definition of love

For some, love is a feeling of being in the moment much more than just being loved. For others, love requires a lot of personal growth. Our culture has dismantled the definition of love through the exposure of Disney and Hollywood ideals. Very few couples lock eyes and just know that they’ve found “the one.” Keep in mind that love might not come as natural or as intensely as it does in the movies.

9. Not wanting to hurt others

On the other end of the spectrum, some find it hard to fall in love because they have never felt a deep connection with anyone. Dating someone who has gotten really attached to you could make a breakup messy, which makes you want to stay clear of relationships all together. It’s hard not to hurt people, and it’s even more difficult dealing with the guilt that comes with causing pain to others.

Source: Elite Daily

Look Around, Look Within

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In today’s world, even though we may be fully conscious of the spiritual emptiness of material attainment, we still need reminders that fulfillment has nothing to do with having possessions. People certainly try the strangest options for attaining fulfillment. They may drink a six-pack of beer. They may drug themselves into oblivion. They may alter their bodies to achieve some arbitrary standard of beauty. They may work their whole lives to reach the pinnacle of success, only to have it mercilessly yanked from them in a second. But most sensible people know that there are no easy routes to long-term happiness. If you place your bets on temporary pleasures, you will find only temporary satisfaction. With cheap thrills, you get what you pay for – here today, gone tomorrow.

Life isn’t about having, it’s about being. You could surround yourself with all that money can buy, and you’d still be as miserable as a human can be. Why is that?

You’ll find contentment when your talents and passion are completely engaged, in full force. Recognize instant self-gratification for what it is. Resist the temptation to grab for material objects like the perfect house, the coolest clothes, or the hottest car. The “if I just had X, I would be happy” syndrome is a mass delusion. When you look for happiness in mere objects, they are never enough.

Look around. Look within.

Get Up, and Show Up

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Life can seem cruel, no doubt about it. Sometimes the bad breaks pile up and you just can’t see a way out. You may not like the sound of that, but maybe you still aren’t convinced that it can happen for you right now.

The fact is that as mere mortals, you and I have limited vision. We can’t possibly see what lies ahead. That’s both the bad news and the good news. My encouragement to you is that what lies ahead may be far better than anything you ever thought possible. But it’s up to you to get over it, get up, and show up!

Whether your life is good and you want to make it better, or whether it’s so bad you just want to stay in bed, the fact is that what happens from this very moment is up to you and your Maker. True, you can’t control everything. Too often bad stuff happens to people no matter how good they are. It may not be fair that you weren’t born into a life of ease, but if that is your reality, you have to work with it.

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