Tag: strong

Finishing Strong

Last week I received these two pictures from my son, showing off his completion of the Hawaii Hapalua Half Marathon.

What a proud moment for him and then of course for me! He was a finisher of running 13.5 miles, and a strong finisher at that.

Congratulations again, Karrington. What an amazing accomplishment.

Of course, it got me thinking about the importance of not just finishing what we start, but finishing strong.

We are nearing the end of a tremendously challenging school year. Some have already finished and I hope have finished strong.

As a retired educator, helping kids to finish strong was always a challenge. Drained engines, run down batteries, and fighting off those thoughts of summer were a constant hurdle, and not just in the students. The staff and faculty dealt with it too- finishing strong was our war cry!

For my husband and I, we have recently faced this as well. Together we had accepted a task, and were running our race toward the finish line. Knowing the finish line was in sight, we continued to choose to perform our job with all our strength, energy, passion and wisdom that we started with.

We were challenged, as I’m sure Karrington was in his race to compromise or let up, or maybe even quit early. But we didn’t. It was important for our end, finish line moment to be strong and one that revealed our best effort and was one we could be proud of.

Finishing strong is a sign of commitment, integrity, and excellence. It’s about choice. How we choose to perform a job or task.

We each have many opportunities to choose how we finish, or IF we finish at all. Finishing is very important. Finishing strong reveals who you really are on the inside.

I don’t know where you’re at… which list needs completing or what task is yet unfinished. But your brain wants you to finish it, and your continued well being depends on it.

Let your brain celebrate you with it’s dopamine burst as you set out to finish strong.

Cheers to you.


Elephants and Camels

I want to share two stories with you.

#1 Elephants

When walking through an elephant camp, a man noticed that these elephants were only secured with a small rope that was tied around one ankle. He wondered why the elephants didn’t break free from the rope, as the elephants we certainly strong enough.

He asked the trainer why, and the trainer said that they use the same size rope for baby elephants all the way up to adulthood. Because they’re too small when they are babies to break free from the rope, they grow up thinking that the rope is stronger than they are. As adults, they think the rope can still hold them, so they don’t fight it.

#2 Camels

A mother camel and her baby were lying down, soaking up the sun. The baby camel asked his mom, “Why do we have these big bumps on our back?” The mom stopped to think and then said, “We live in the desert where there is not much water. Our humps store water to help us survive on long journeys.”

The baby camel then stopped to think and said, “Well, why do we have long legs with rounded feet?” His mother replied, “They are meant to help us walk through sand.”

The baby asked a third question, “Why are my eyelashes so long?” The mother replied, “Your eyelashes are long to offer you protection from the sand when it blows in the wind.”

Finally, the baby said, “If we have all of these natural abilities given to us to walk through the desert, what’s the use for camels in the Zoo?’

Allow me to play Aesop, for a minute.

From each of these stories, we can glean important life lessons, and encouragement. Listen to your heart and hear what application lies there for you. At the very least, I will offer these:

All of us, like the elephants, have grown through and are learning to fight our own programmed, learned helplessness. You know, that thing or those issues that we believe are stronger than us and so we don’t bother fighting. Be they family traits, ingrained scripts, perceived weaknesses, or whatever; they are tied about our feet, trying to keep us from moving forward. FACT: you are stronger than your childhood programming and you are strong enough to break free from it all.

Our perceptive baby camel offers us the simple truth that you have been designed to withstand what comes against you. You have all that you need, if you are in the right place. The camel is designed for the desert and is therefore fully equipped for sand, wind, dry and waterless situations. Out of that environment, he doesn’t quite fit. He doesn’t really belong in a zoo, does he? FACT: Our design is perfect and fully utilized when we are in the right environment.

I am certain that the elephant and the camel are speaking to many, and I trust that from their stories you will see yourself as strong, and well equipped for whatever you face. Break free and live life to your fullest, where you are s’posed to be!

Oh, what we can learn from the elephant and the camel.

Cheers to you.