Life Lesson: Challenge Yourself

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G after finishing her first 50K after a few failed attempts. It was difficult, really difficult, but still an amazing day!

 

Do more of the things that leave you feeling blissful in its residue.

Do more things that make you happy just for the doing. Strangely, sometimes those things are also the most challenging ones.

Do Hard Things!

It’s a simple motto that we’ve all heard.

It’s a life metaphor, or directive, that’s worthwhile and never stops being good advice.

Doing something that stretches you or pushes you makes the accomplishment sweeter, the getting there… more, well MORE. It builds the appetite for striving.

It’s stoking the fire of always moving forward.  Moving, not because we’d rather be anywhere but here, but in the service of showing up in this life.

It’s about the term used by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in “Flow” known as “optimal experience… a sense of exhilaration, a deep sense of enjoyment that is long cherished and that becomes a landmark in memory for what life should be like.”

“The best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times —although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen…that comes as close to what is usually meant by happiness as anything else we can conceivably imagine.”

What are we doing to expand our limits? What are we working hard to attain?

Life is meant to be full of experiences, uncontrollable forces and amazing smiles. All of that comes from getting out of our routine, our comfort zone or expertise and opening arms wide to life.

Are you open?

Sunshine & Sarcasm,

Lowi & G

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