Thursday, March 11, 2010


I love the feeling after a hard physical workout. Those exercise endorphins kick in and give out lots of energy, especially if I’m experiencing some discouragement. I can’t feel my inside pain as much if my outsides are hurting too. Studies show there is correlation to building physical fortitude and mental stamina as many athletes will confirm. Seems those survival instincts and inner strength might come in handy for the sufferings we deal with in life.

Reminds me of the words of encouragement for and the benefits learned from running Sarah Palin expressed in Going Rogue.

She says, “For one thing, you don’t have to be particularly coordinated or talented to do it. Eventually, though, I realized that the road and especially marathon training, holds invaluable life lessons. That to reach your goal you have to put in the tough, drudging miles. That the best rewards often lie on the other side of pain. And that when it seems you can’t take another step forward, there is a hidden reservoir of strength you can draw on to endure and finish well. Some would call it spiritual, others would call it personal resolve, but I believe that reservoir resides in all of us. We all have the opportunities to tap it.”

Several decades and four kids later, Sarah pushed through the pain and reached deep to tap that reservoir of strength to finish her goal of running a four hour marathon. Well done, Sarah.

That gives me inspiration to go through the tough stuff and persevere to complete my goals in all areas of my life.

You can do it too. Just keep going and never ever give up!


Sara said...

Thanks Kay...I needed to hear that.

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