· Grit,Consistency,Showing Up

Get a Second Wind at Life

I've been regularly going on my walks again. Four going on five times a week for at least an hour each. On my first week back after a break of not going, I felt the weight, the struggle, within the first ten minutes. The uphills have no problem reminding me that I shouldn't have waited too long to return.

I'm now on week 4 and I've eased into it. The first hill still slows me down a bit but I mumble "I love uphills...I love uphills..." to myself over and over again until I believe it, until it starts to not feel as hard, until I reach the top.

I've noticed I'd get a second wind after 20 minutes and a third at 40. At this point, there is no more struggle. I am just lost in my thoughts, in the beauty of the wilderness that surrounds me, in the sounds of nature, and my legs feel as if they're moving on autopilot.

In life, we can also benefit from a second wind. And a third, a fourth, and so on.

If we just keep moving.

If we just hang in there and do the best we can.

If we just keep taking one step at a time even when things are difficult.

If we held back just a little longer from giving up and turning back around.

If we just push through it.

We will inevitably reach a point where the things we used to find daunting and painful will become easy.

Magic happens in the simple act of consistency.

Clocking in, showing up, and doing the work despite the struggle, despite the discomfort, despite the uncertainty.

In the end, we're almost always rewarded not only with a second or third or fourth wind, but the ability to stretch ourselves, to push our limits and realize that we are capable of so much more, simply by putting one foot in front of the other, and not stopping.

A Life Well Lived Team

"Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another."
- Angela Duckworth

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