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As a runner (I can call myself that now), there’s nothing quite like purchasing new running shoes.

They look great.

They feel great.

You get passing comments from other runners.

You want them to stay that way forever.

Except that you don’t.

If they stay new and shiny, it means that they’re not being used.

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There’s a difference between looking out the window and observing the weather conditions and actually being outside experiencing the real thing.

You can see the warm sun, or you can feel the warm sun.

You can see the rain, or you can feel the rain.

You can see the flowers, or you can smell the flowers.

You can see the leaves falling, or you can feel them crunch under your feet.

It’s nice to observe, but it’s better to experience.

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Atlanta Dream Coach, Mike Peterson recently had a thought for the day for his WNBA team. He said:

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls for protection.

Other people build windmills, to create power.

DT and I, we’re in the windmill business.

We’re going to build windmills after windmills after windmills.

OK? Let’s have a good day.”

What a fantastic principle.

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My garden loves the rain.

The lawn soaks it up.

The trees soak it up.

Every plant seeks out the moisture and soaks it up.

And in doing so they get stronger and healthier.

There is rain in our lives that we should be soaking up as well.

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We all make mistakes.

We all say things that we wish we could have taken back.

As the song says, “Regrets, I have a few.”

We all do.

Disappointments are a part of life.

There are times when we have got it wrong.

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As you sow seeds, you don’t know how they will turn out.

Some will land on rocky ground.

Some will fall between the cracks.

Some will be carried away by cheeky pigeons.

And some will land in nice, fertile soil.

There will be times when you sow in the cold of winter.

The soil is cold and unforgiving and there’s little, to no sun.

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After more than 11 years and almost 3,000 posts, sometimes I wonder if I’ve run out of things to say.

And then I remember.

Keep going.

You can do it.

Keep working on your strengths.

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It’s time to put our heart into life.

To care about our work.

To care about the people around us.

To care about the issues that face our society.

To care for those who are hurting, anxious, struggling.

And then to respond.

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Find something that you admire in others.

Look for a way to elevate them in your thinking.

It could be how well they can cook a lasagne.

It could be their parallel parking skills.

It could be how hard they work to improve at work.

Maybe it’s their persistent efforts to change a negative habit.

It doesn’t have to be dramatic or world-changing.

It’s just an opportunity to look for the best in people.

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You may never be perfect.

A world record may be beyond your capabilities.

You can try and try and try, but you will still make mistakes.

There will be days when you feel as though you’re a million miles away from achieving your goals.

And days when you have lost sight of them altogether.

But better is possible.

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