and then there’s that…

My word for this year is LEARN.  

So it just makes sense to use this Year of Sundays to reflect on 52 of my most significant Life Lessons.   Some may seem more significant than others, but each one has changed how I live my life in powerful way.   I’d love to hear if and how any of these same lessons have surfaced in the classroom of Your Life.

lesson34Keep on keepin’ on.

Next weekend, I’ll get to witness hundreds of people push themselves physically harder than I can only imagine pushing myself – even without a body that has MS in it.   These folk will be here at Lake Waccamaw to Take the Lake.   They’ll be participating in one or any combination of these  four  ‘personal endurance challenges’:

  1. walking/running 13 miles around much of the lake;
  2. paddling the 14 mile shoreline of the lake;
  3. cycling 22 miles around parts of the lake; and
  4. swimming 4 miles across the lake.

Piece o’cake, right?   Well, if YOU say so.

This past Saturday I had the humble joy of witnessing about two dozen people complete ALL FOUR of these challenges in ONE DAY.  This event is called Take the Lake X-treme.  To say I was humbled would be the understatement of the year.   When I asked one of of the X-treme participants why she did it, she said, “Ya gotta keep on keepin’ on so you can keep on keepin’ on.”

She’s right.

While I don’t see myself completing any of the Take the Lake challenges,  I will remember that Keep On… Challenge the next time I don’t FEEL like going for that one-mile walk with Bloss,  taking the stairs when there’s a perfectly good elevator,  or parking at the end of the grocery store parking lot instead of whipping out my handicap parking placard.

With that in mind, you won’t be hearing from me next Sunday.   My 8-year-old great niece Jerrah will be visiting for the long weekend.  And we’ve got some keepin’ on to keep on!

In the meantime, how do YOU keep on?