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The Finish Line

by on Jun.28, 2012, under Inspiration

Go After Your Dreams!

Have you ever had a dream or a goal and you saw it happen and come true? One of my dreams was to run a Marathon. As I reflect back on that special day, I am extremely excited to know that all my hard work and training came together and it worked! A year ago my husband found out that he had Colon Cancer. Our world was turned upside down. Even today, I cannot wrap my arms around it. As the days went by and after his surgery, I knew that my running would be a way for me to keep myself whole. So I ran and I ran and I ran. Following my Chi Running Marathon training guide, I knew I had the best plan to run without injury and love the process as well. I learned to depend on my inner spirit and strength and as I followed my daily plan, I saw results. I remember mile 22 of my marathon as I crested the hill, I saw my family cheering me on and at that moment I realized that my dream was unfolding right before my eyes. Seeing Mark who is now Cancer Free and Sara who inspires me to be all that I can be..along with Michael cheering from Poland and my many friends out there encouraging…umm words are hard to find to express my emotion. Isn’t that, what life is all, loving and following your heart. Would I change anything as I prepare to run another Marathon? Only a few things, get in the 4 hour pace group not at the end of the pack, run through a few more water stops and…no pee stops. What inspires you, what dreams are in your heart? For me when I saw the finish line, I knew that the journey was my reward!

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Such Gratitude!

by on Jun.09, 2012, under Inspiration

I was reading one of my previous blogs from last year and I was amazed at how far I have come. For me it is about the journey not the end result, that is what really matters in life! For the last 8 months, have been training for my first Marathon and the crazy thing is, I never ever thought I would run one. Today I had a break through. I have been sore all week and I almost bagged this run, but decided to go to Eau Claire and run the river trail. Last night I watched one of Danny’s Chi Running videos and he stressed the importance of leveling your pelvis. So this morning, I relaxed more, ran the 10 miles with ease and leveled my pelvis. I pretended I was dancing to a waltz step and this made me smile. As I crossed the bridge going into Phoenix Park, I knew I was ready to run my first Marathon. Walking on the soft grass on the way to the river I felt gratitude. Sometimes in life we forget to see what is right in front of us. Being thankful for a very special call from your daughter or a great meal with someone you love!!! I am grateful to see Mark tomorrow! He has been at a SOC Conference in Vegas and I miss him. It is hard to believe that it was a year ago that he had surgery for rectom cancer. I just feel thankful! God you are so very good!

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The Star Fish Story by Loren Eisley

by on Mar.19, 2010, under Inspiration

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?” The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?

You can’t make a difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said….” I made a difference for that one.”

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Two Horses

by on Feb.07, 2010, under Inspiration

Enjoy this poem “Two Horses,” by Janice L. Hubbard.

Just up the road from my house, is a field with two horses in it. From a distance, each looks like every other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing.

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind.

His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing.

If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.

Attached to her halter is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.

As you stand and watch these two friends, you will see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell, and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray. When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see.

Good friends are like this. You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.

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Two Wolves

by on Feb.05, 2010, under Inspiration

I read a really cool story the other day, author unknown..I thought you would enjoy it!

An old Grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice, “Let me tell you a story.” I too, at times have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do.

But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have stuggled with these feelings many times.” He continued, “It is as if there are two wolves inside me. One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him, and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.

But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing.

Sometimes, it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit.”

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather’s eyes and asked, “Which one wins, Grandfather?” The Grandfather smiled and quietly said, ” The one I feed.”

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Thought for the Day

by on Jul.15, 2009, under Inspiration

Sometime we make life so hard, at least I know I do; when actually it is easy. Letting go is the hard part. Trusting and believing in something you cannot see! This is Faith!

I want to let go of the control I have in my world and keep believing in a God bigger than all the pieces of my imperfect rows and shapes.

God grant me the courage to accept the things I cannot change, to change the things I can in my life, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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by on Jun.21, 2009, under Inspiration

Looking at my husband Mark today, I thought what a wonderful father he is to our children! I felt lucky and so very blessed and my heart filled with love for him.

He gave freely time after time and continues to guide and love them.

I smile with memories of the simple things he did, like riding Pepper our horse when he didn’t know how, just to spend time with his daughter; and playing with our son and all the neighbor boys just because they wanted him to and he could.

Memories are a beautiful gift, and my mind is full of them.

Thank you for being the best father ever Mark!

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One Simple Exercise

by on Jun.10, 2009, under Inspiration

A professor of mine back in college had us try a so called “simple” exercise. Now I thought, this will be easy and my interest perked. Here was the exercise:

Each morning, look at yourself in a mirror straight into your eyes and say the simple words “I Love You”.

This was one of the hardest things for me to do and yet it was a turning point in my life. For truly when I loved and accepted myself weaknesses and all, shame was released.

You try it and see what happens!

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