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#Haiku- An Arrow and Its Mark

Image by Enrique Meseguer from Pixabay

Her eyes on the prize
Guide an arrow for bulls-eye
Determined to win!

Archery can be a blast to learn! May your aim be true as you launch your arrows to hit your marks for 2020!

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#OctPoWriMo5 – So Many Doors

“Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow.”

Khalil Ghibran

So many possibilities to choose from
Caught in the web of analysis paralysis
Which door will be right for me?
Each one presents an insightful experience
Curious to know what’s on the other side
Seeking a cure to my indecisiveness

Tick-Tock… Tick-tock…Tick-tock

Can I knock on each one and see if there’s any response?
Can I peek inside and if I don’t like it, can I just pop back out?
What if I took some time to hang out behind one door?
Contemplating the consequences of choosing one door over another
What’s worse is if I didn’t choose any door at all
As I’m pacing in chaotic, deep thought,
I hear a set of keys jingling in my pocket
Aha! Which doors can these open?

Tick-Tock… Tick-tock…Tick-tock

Time to walk confidently in the chosen path
Decision is transformed into a courageous undertaking
One that shapes my destiny and gives me inner peace
Freedom to learn from the outcomes outweighs the risk of regret
Future is built from committed present actions
Tenacity and attitude fuels purpose-filled grace

Day 5 – Bop
Posted in Events, exercise, Quotes

A-to-Z Challenge: Undauntable

My alma mater has a well-loved saying: BE AUDACIOUS!

My journey towards becoming undauntable has started with something small. Though it’s a minor change in my lifestyle, it’s something that will definitely test my will power and determination…

COLD SHOWERS!

Imagining what it’d be like to find a sense of respite sitting underneath the waterfall

So you may ask me why in the world would I do that to myself? I want to try an experiment for a few months and see what happens. I was curious after reading a few articles and watching some first hand accounts. I’ve learned about a few benefits to cold showers:

  • Stimulates weight loss
  • Improves immunity
  • Relieves depression
  • Improve skin and shine to lacklustre hair
  • Increase alertness and energy levels
  • Lower stress
  • Better sleep
  • Strengthened exhausted nerves
  • Increase in testosterone
  • Boost recovery after exercise

Has anyone or anyone you’ve known tried this already? What were the results?

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“7 Life Lessons from a Guy Who Can’t Move Anything but His Face”

Jon Morrow 

This morning  I read Jon Morrow’s inspiring story on his blog Unstoppable. Check out his blog when you get the chance. I think everyone can learn from the wisdom he gained from his life experiences. Here is an excerpt from each of his lessons.

Lesson #1: If You Can’t Win the Game, Change the Rules
“About a decade ago, I was totally dependent on Medicaid, the U.S. government-run health insurance, to pay about $120,000 per year in medical bills. On the one hand, I was immensely grateful, because without it, I would’ve certainly died, but I was also trapped by their benevolence….”

Lesson #2: Pain is Power
“At some point or another, life punches everyone in the face. The punch may be hard, or it may be soft, but it’s definitely coming, and your success or failure is largely determined by the answer to a single question: how well can you take the punch?…”

Lesson #3: The Secret to Survival
“In 2006, a teenager who we’ll call Bill was late to work at Wendy’s. Worried that his boss was going to fire him, he decided to floor it, driving through the city at 85 miles per hour, weaving in and out of traffic, running red lights, and squealing around corners. At first, everything went fine, but then something happened…He plowed into my minivan going through an intersection…”

Lesson #4: The Art of the Counterpunch
Remember how we talked about the importance of being able to take a punch?  Well, it’s only the first step. Once you’ve built some endurance, it’s time to learn how to fight back…”

Lesson #5: How to Find the Courage to Face Anything
“…that’s how courage works. The people we think of as heroes don’t have a mystical ability to transcend fear. To them, the alternative to taking action is simply unacceptable. They do what needs to be done, not because they want to, but because they feel there is no other choice…”

Lesson #6: Embrace the Crazy
“…If you’re in a crazy situation, sometimes the only way out is to make a bold move that appears insane, but it’s not, because the alternative is worse….”

Lesson #7: Never, never, never give up

“Sooner or later, we all reach a point in life where our trials become unbearable. Determination turns to despair, self-confidence becomes self-pity, and our hope for a better tomorrow dwindles and dies, replaced by a grim certainty that our life is over.

But it’s not. We simply need someone to remind us that triumph over adversity isn’t about being the strongest or the smartest, the “perfect” human being who can overcome anything life throws at them. On the contrary, the greatest victories are won by the weakest people, living in the darkest times, facing monsters that make even the stoutest heroes cower and run….

A few days ago, an acquaintance shared with me this quote by Swindoll on attitude, and felt it was relevant to Jon Morrow’s story.

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.


Charles Swindoll