The Struggle

We don’t have to struggle.

We don’t have to continue in the perpetual cycle of agony.

Why do we take pride in struggling?

Just because we’ve seen our family and friends struggle doesn’t mean we have to struggle.

We don’t have to accept it and go down the same path.

Break the cycle of struggling.

Do better for yourself and your family.

Open your eyes and mind to all of the possibilities.

The world is big. Think big and play big.

Dream about it and do it.

There are opportunities out there that we’ve never seen and heard about. Find them and seize them.

The better you do for yourself, the more you can do for your family and the more you can help others.

Rural America, Main Street

Rural America is struggling. Main street is struggling. Small towns are struggling. Small businesses are struggling. The economy is small and lackluster.

These are the cold hard facts. This is the harsh reality. The truth hurts.

I grew up in a small town. It hurts me to think and write about it. It’s a hard pill for me to swallow.

It’s a shame people must leave their hometowns because there aren’t enough decent jobs and the areas aren’t able to support businesses.

It’s a shame people must leave their family and friends.

All great things come to an end.

I want to stay. I want to change the area. I want to turn it around.

I want to help the area. I want to better the area.

I want to help make positive changes. I want to make a difference. I want to have a positive impact.

Can I make a difference? Can one person make a difference? Is the problem too big to solve? Are we too far gone?

Take Baby Steps

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to do better. We can do better.

Wanting to do better shows we respect ourselves and care about our lives.

The problem with thinking we can do better is it stops us from starting. We don’t want to start from scratch or at the bottom.

We want it all today.

We don’t want to go through the process. We want to bypass the work.

Start somewhere. Start anywhere. Do something. Do anything.

Take the first step. Each opportunity thereafter is a stepping-stone.

Baby steps are steps. Take baby steps.

Run High

Here are some thoughts that went through my mind on my 20 mile run yesterday:

Take the beating. Take the pounding. Take the punishment.

Love the pain. If it was easy, everybody would do it.

Power through it. Push through it.

You’re getting stronger. You’re getting tougher.

Running 20 miles is not fun. It hurts.

But finishing, knowing you did it, is rewarding.

Completing a challenging run is one of the best feelings I’ve ever felt.

The run high is real.