I’ve been a runner for a while now. As such, I’ve experienced the clarity and sharpness of mind that a good, strong run can generate. However, I must say, up until a few weeks ago, I had never experienced this awareness-expanding mindset from any other form of workout. Considering how phenomenal November Project is, and the pure, joyous mindset it brings about, I suppose it was only a matter of time before I had some amazing thought during the NP experience…
Friday morning. At The Bean. This particular week, I so happened to recruit TWO friends to the same workout, separately, and “picked up” another NP’er en route from the train (she was visiting Chicago and looking for the group. Fun stuff!). Needless to say, I was feeling pretty pumped. As we were beginning our warm up, I found myself looking around and wondering (not so humbly, I’ll fully acknowledge) how all of these people and I are able to show up before the sun rises, crank out real workouts, support one another with hugs, laughter, camaraderie, and infinite positive energy, AND continue being awesome for the remainder of our days. Fully appreciating how any part of this could be a struggle from time to time, I found myself legitimately wondering, “How do we do it?”
That’s when it struck me, the first lesson I learned from NP through introspection*: The world gives you the energy you put into it.
(*as opposed to all other NP lessons I’ve learned thus far, which have been shared with me through wise, amazing NP friends. My heart is full of gratitude for the lessons you’ve shared with me over the past few months!)
It sounds so simple, but it can be so easy to miss, so let’s think about it for a second, shall we? The world is full of all types of people, generating all sorts of attitudes, thoughts, and feelings. Sometimes these are amazing, uplifting, strengthening ideas that leave some person, place, or thing better than it was before. Other times, people contribute negativity, and, well, we all know the effects of that.
Here’s what’s key about NP, what truly makes us different than any other group out there: we are all about giving good energy to the world. At the end of the day, that’s what we’re trying to do not only as athletes, friends, and coworkers, but as human beings. And that, my friends, is incredible.
And, to answer my question as to “how” we do it? The answer is simple. We do it together.
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