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Posts from the ‘Essays’ Category

Don’t Let Darkness Grow

We feel dark. Depressed. Down. Whatever you want to call it.

We're just barely ourselves, or we're the lowest energy form of ourselves. Dark thoughts, little action, waves slowly lapping the shore at low tide. The water ebbs and we can see the bones of our dreams, drying in the sun. We can seemingly no more rouse our spirits to reveille than we can use our fingers to pull the ocean to the dunes.

And we try to keep to ourselves, because who the heck wants to see the real and the ugly inside our heads?

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I’m Not Dying For Points

I was chasing (or trying to chase) my riding partner up a dusty trail yesterday when it occurred to me, in the middle of mashing my pedals and sucking the warm morning wind, that I wasn't going to catch her. She had 25 yards on me, and I had 25 years on her. And then I realized that I didn't need to catch her anymore.

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Which Path Will You Choose?

Get over your fear of consequence, or, rather, walk right through it.

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Where They Hide The Great

How bad do you want it? How much will you give?

The answers to these two questions will do more than guide you; they will reveal you. Because your desire to achieve and your willingness to sacrifice for that achievement will most likely determine whether you are a 100-percenter, a 95-perecenter, or a 90-percenter. Whether you are a person who got the job done, or a person who almost got the job done.

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Why Stories Are Important, Including Yours

I've always tried to be honest with you. And I'm not going to stop now.

I was down. Something happened. But I got up. And I'm still rising.

I bet you know exactly how that feels.

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Getting Past The Pain

I didn't touch a barbell for five days. I lost seven pounds, but that lightness certainly didn't come from sweating anything except life's unexpected turns.

No workouts. No lifting. Not even an air squat. I didn't do my daily bend-and-bows. No stretching for my wonky SI joint. My stick for the Burgener warm-up sat in the corner, gathering dust.

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Are All Opinions Good?

Everyone has an opinion. And some opinions are bad or ill-informed or should simply be ignored by those with more brain cells.

The fact that we can all be publishers now on the Internet is both a wonderful and a horrible thing.  Just because someone hits the "Enter" key doesn't make them worth listening to. Just because someone has a blog doesn't make them an expert. Just because someone typed it does not make it true.

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What You Take On

What you take on. You decide this every day of your life. Every day. Whether you want to admit it or not.

You listen, you accept, you internalize. Good and bad, but all consuming of your time in some way. Your time.

You only get so much time, you know.

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