Brand new year, brand new word: RESOLVE.
RESOLVE.: it's not that compelling. It's more like the final, calm, mature answer to my last few years of hit and miss, ebb and flow, tantrums, bouts of serious self doubt, and a smidge of bravery and action. RESOLVE is the parent, or the coach, or the teacher that waits while you run through that list of items on your learning curve, and when you've finally worn yourself out and you're sitting on the floor catching your breath, it hands you some fish crackers and a juice box and says Now here's how we're going to go forward. We are going forward with RESOLVE: boring, dependable, quiet, commited, firm determination.
I don't know everything, but I know enough to have earned RESOLVE.
I know that it's valuable to make a plan. And I know that life might interrupt that plan.
I know that the best reaction to those interruptions is a step back & a good attitude.
I know that a good attitude has to be practiced. And I know that gratitude is good fuel for a good attitude.
(I also know that gratitude has to be practiced.)
I know that done is better than perfect.
I know that rest is not an after thought, it's part of the equation.
I know that all of my progress begins outside of my comfort zone.
I know that consistent, small steps lead to big change over time.
I know I mostly don't get to set the time frame.
I know not to let my mind bully my body, and if it is being a bully, give it a time out. (i.e. walk and run 1,000 miles in 92 days plus then run an ultra. That oughta do it.)
I know that I am 1 of more than 60 million people in the United States who run. So I know I can never again say no one knows what I'm going through.
I know I've been a good student.
I know I'm in it for the long haul.
And I know that I RESOLVE to go forward from here with firm determination. I've earned that.