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23 Days ’til 40: My Bike and I (AKA Exercise Relationships)

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Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance you must keep moving.              ~ Albert Einstein

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73 Days ’til 40: Turning Down the (Emotional) Heat

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When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat. ~ Ronald Reagan

When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat. ~ Nelson Mandela

I am a leader.  Leaders always get heat.  They’re always going against the grain.  Jimi Hendrix got heat; Bob Marley got heat; Miles Davis got heat.  Every great artist got heat.  Heat means you’re doing something right. ~ Ziggy Marley Read the rest of this entry »

 

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94 Days ’til 40: Avoiding Potholes

 

Mondays are the potholes in the road of life. ~ Tom Wilson

Oh, I would love to be a motivational speaker.  I have pulled myself out of a million potholes, and I can see the potholes ahead of me.  That doesn’t mean that I could always do that so perfectly for my own life.  I totally fall in potholes. ~ Drew Barrymore Read the rest of this entry »

 

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102 Days ’til 40: Speechless Sunday

 

Beautiful!

~400daystil40

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2012 in attitude, Inspiration, mental health

 

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122 Days ’til 40: Being Grounded

When adversity strikes, that’s when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.  ~ LL Cool J

My other life keeps me calm and grounded and normal. ~ Shawn Johnson

I love to make music and stay grounded. ~ Annie Lennox Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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126 Days ’til 40: Distorting Reality

 

 

Let us take things as we find them: let us not attempt to distort them into what they are not… We cannot make facts. All our wishing cannot change them. We must use them. ~ John Henry Newman

Humankind cannot bear very much reality. ~ T.S. Eliot Read the rest of this entry »

 

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127 Days ’til 40: Relieving Stress in Positive Ways

 

It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. ~ Hans Selye

The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. ~ James Allen Read the rest of this entry »

 

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132 Days ’til 40: What Do You Keep Locked Up???

Today I was thinking about the fact that we, as people, keep many things locked up in our lives.  We keep physical things locked up and we keep emotional feelings locked up. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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142 Days ’til 40: Delaying Judgement Until I Walk in Their Shoes

Never criticize a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins. ~ American Indian Proverb

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes. ~ Mark Twain Read the rest of this entry »

 

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143 Days ’til 40: Unlocking the Future…. by throwing away keys to the past….

The blog entry that I share below was written for another blog of mine over five years ago.  As I was reviewing this blog, I found it and felt that it was worth sharing – so here it is!

Unlocking the Future…

by throwing away keys to the past…

May 29, 2007

In the midst of all the craziness of this time in life, I have found moments of great reflection. I am currently packing up my office, filled with great memories from my first two years in my position with this school. The office signifies everything from helping scores of students, family and staff members, to freedom from a marriage that was full of so many disappointments for me. I am packing up the office, as the school is relocating to a larger facility about 15 km north of our current campus. It is a time of new beginnings.

At home I am packing up and clearing out my “guest room” which has become a storage room for many of the things I had no time to sift through as I quickly moved to our apartment two years ago.

I find that, in both locations, I am packing and sifting – deciding which “things” must stay and which must go – some things are harder to part with than others. The reality is that I am one of those people who is attached to “things” and their significance. Even if I don’t look at a “thing” for years – when I remember who gave it to me, or the sentimental attachments, it is often hard for me to part with it. Some “things” I keep because I feel I have to keep them – and other things I keep because I have kept them for so long already, how could I throw them out now????

Can you relate?

As I was sifting through items in this spare room I came across two old key chains, full of keys. I knew what some of the keys opened – the office of my advisor at the University I went to (I did some work for her when I was there), another set was to a church where I ran a youth program, one set opened the offices of an HIV Education program I worked for, still another set (I think) opened my parents home, that I have not lived in since I was 18…..

All these keys, none of them in use, yet I still held on to them. And it occurred to me, as much as we use keys to open doors – and move on, we can also use keys to lock things away and hold on to our past. What I realized is that, at times, we hold on to the keys that link us to our past, and these links are not healthy for us. When we have the courage to throw away the old keys and seek new ones, we are allowing ourselves the freedom to create new pathways for ourselves.

I threw away the keys. And then I kept throwing – wedding cards (after all, it ended in divorce), letters from old boy and girlfriends, books from university, knick knacks (some tacky and ugly) given to me by friends, but hidden away because they look hideous…….

When we keep these things, the guilt and attachment cause us to hold on – we believe that getting rid of them will bring pain – but, what if throwing these things out does not cause pain, but provides us with freedom?

Throwing away unnecessary ties to the past gives us the opportunity to continue to walk today, and towards our future.

Today, 143 days ’til 40, I am reminded that by clearing out things from our past we can often free ourselves towards movement towards our future.

~400daystil40

 

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