Temporarily out of order.

We all feel like that sometimes.

I think, maybe, there are times we need a minute to reevaluate what is going on in our lives. Maybe we need to give ourselves permission to be grumpy for a bit.

Whatever it is, it is real stuff. And it’s OK.

On this particular day, I wasn’t sure I wanted to be here. I was still a little out of shape, and prayed I had the energy to get through it. I definitely was not in the mood for all the friendly humans, so I put my leave me alone face on and set up my bike.

I wanted to be done with it.

Suck it up buttercup came to mind.

My pity party ended when the lights were dimmed, and the music blared, It’s a Beautiful Day by U2. The irony and the nuance revealing a change in attitude made me smile.

Clearly this was a good time to let go of everything on my mind and just do this. It was a choice. It was my fight. My good fight. My, I will get through this 55 minutes fight.

And I did.

But we don’t always get that choice, do we?

So why the good fight?

It prepares us for the fights we might not want to battle. How did you handle the time someone questioned your character, or your faith? How did you handle a major life change like a divorce or a move? How did your handle recovery from major surgery or cancer?

In the face of adversity, we revert to what we know, what is ingrained in us. Most days I am able to step up to the starting line and look ahead, like I had done for years. And while the goals may have looked different, they are still my modus operandi.

So are you working hard?

You should be.

In this game called life you will never be the winner in the truest sense, so set your mind on living life, and living it well.

That’s why you are here. So climb the mountains, step up to the plate, and by all means, don’t slow down when the finish line is in sight. To do so means you are cheating yourself.

Because at the end of the day, it is not the fight we are grabbing anyway, it is the outcome.

Wind Kisses, Donna