My feet were sliding. And cold. And soaked all the way through my barefoot shoes. The sleet stung my face. My out-and-back route had the wind sending it directly into my face and mouth. I tried keeping my head down, hoping my visor would deflect the beautiful but uncomfortable white madness falling from the sky.
I was hoping for the sleet to turn to snow. I was hoping for conditions to improve. I was hoping for “it” to get better.
But it didn’t.
“Quit waiting on circumstances to get better and use those same circumstances to make YOU better!”
Circumstances don’t rule you – you use circumstances to your benefit!
Ecclesiastes 11:4 NKJV
He who observes the wind will not sow,
And he who regards the clouds will not reap.
“If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.”
You have to stay focused on what you want no matter what is going on around you, because circumstances have the potential to derail you .. but at the same time, they also have the potential to elevate you! The choice is yours – and what you do with the circumstances is up to you. YOU are in control. Try it!
Most, if not the majority (but not all!) people would regard me as crazy for having gone out and completing my run this morning in the conditions we had. And that’s ok. I don’t mind taking the risk (of slipping, falling, getting cold, splashed on by cars, etc) because of the reward that I got from it. I learned a handful of lessons from it. You can keep your opinion of my craziness and you are no less of a person if you don’t do what I do (or something similar in your world) but you won’t get the same reward .. you won’t get the same benefit.
I’m thankful and glad to have gone out today completing day 1 of my training program. Just like anyone else, I have to get started, too. And I set the tempo. I set my own pace. Just like you set yours. You’re in control.
Now go forth, forge ahead and act like it 😉