#TheRunningWriter QOTD

Find your grit.

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We hear a lot about this word, GRIT. But what does it mean?

By definition it is: firmness of character

Ok that’s all good. But what does that mean? I found a couple of interesting definitions of character:

the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing.

And.

Moral or ethical quality.

Wow. Those are some powerful words used in those definitions. Morals. Ethics. Traits.

I suppose our grit is how hard we hold onto those morals and traits, huh? What do we believe and how set on those beliefs are we?

Challenging thoughts, that’s for sure. Do you know the answer? I like to think i have a pretty good grasp on my character. But one thing I do know…it’s a process of continued growth and development. Because people will challenge you and your beliefs. They will try to break them down. Maybe even go as far as telling you you’re wrong and horrible for what you believe.

That’s on them, my friends. You can only control you and how you respond/behave. Love on them and respect them, but find your grit and hold fast to your character.

#TheRunningWriter QOTD

When does it get easy?

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Everything is difficult before it’s easy.

When I first started running it wasn’t easy. I could barely run five minutes without wanting to collapse.

It was difficult getting up early to run.

It was difficult running.

It was difficult recovering.

It was difficult eating right.

See the pattern? As I kept at it, getting stronger, learning more about the sport, and plugging through the obstacles, a few things got easier.

I eagerly jumped out of bed at that 4am alarm. I happily worked through the aches and pains. I looked forward to increasing my time and distances.

Those parts got easier. The actual running, not exactly easy, but the rest of it….for sure!! That enabled me to face longer and harder challenges when it came to running.

So hang in there if you’re in the difficult stage of what you’re doing. It—or aspects about it—will get easier.

And trust me, it’ll make you appreciate your adventure that much more.

So hang in here, my friends!!

#TheRunningWriter QOTD

Who are we to judge?

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You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

I do it with books all the time. It’s what attracts me to even open a book to read the little blurb. And as an author, I’m constantly told I need to have great book covers to catch readers’ attention.

Okay. So that phrase isn’t for finding books.

My guess is that we all do a little judging sometimes or feel judged by people.

It happens. We can get past it, but it starts with us. You can only control you.

Remind yourself that people are people. We’re called to love them, not judge. And for sure not be the judge, jury, and executioner of them.

You don’t have to agree with or condone behaviors and actions that are outside your beliefs, but continue to love. Stay respectful.

Nothing hurts my heart more than when I see people hurting other people just because they don’t agree on something. Whether it’s sharper than sword words, cutting people down, or actual physical violence.

Who are we to judge?

#TheRunningWriter QOTD

What’s love got to do with it?

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I bet you thought I was going to talk about the Tina Turner song, huh?

Not today. I was reading something about a father’s love, and this phrase popped into my head.

What’s love got to do with it?

That kind of thing always happens to me. I could be walking down the street and an idea for a novel is triggered by something I saw. Or heard. I’ve just learned to go with it. 😀

Well, this morning it was the word love. What does love really have to do with anything?

I believe it’s the base of everything. Love for God, ourselves, others, our job, family, health.

You even love people you don’t really like or agree with. You’ve probably heard the phrase, “I love you, but right now I don’t really like you.”

Admit it, you’ve thought that about your spouse, friend or significant other, right?

It’s ok. You’re not evil. You’re human. And it’s true. You can love someone and not really like their decisions or behavior. But you stick with them (and they with you) through the unlikeable behaviors.

Now this doesn’t apply to those who are physically in danger from someone. You can still love them, but you might not be able to stay with them for safety reasons.

I’m very grateful I have a God, spouse, friends and family who love me throughout my unlikeable behavior. It gives me freedom and courage to try things. It gives me a solid base.

It’s not a license to be a jerk, by any means, but It gives me confidence knowing they’ll always be there for me.

So who’s the unlikeable person you need to love in your life?