Taking Control (YEG)

There is so much in life that is out of our control. Yes, it is snowing outside today when a year ago it was +29 degrees. Not much we can do to change that. 

When life throws challenges at me I need to remind myself that I am in control of my reaction to those challenges. I get to choose how I let them impact me. I get to decide which lens I look through. While I definitely fall victim to the blame game and feel sorry for myself at times, I do make an effort to catch myself and choose to look for something positive in each situation. While hard to look for the positive in a September snowfall, I know that many of my ski/snowboarding friends are pumped because their powder days are getting closer! 

Last week, after a very hectic day at my new school, I was rushing out of the office to get to Run Collective on time and I locked my keys in my truck. I didn’t think my truck was supposed to be able to lock my keys inside but as I discovered, yup, it can. I admit I was on the verge of tears when I called Rob (luckily I knew his cell number by heart as my phone was also locked in my truck…funny how I can remember my childhood neighbor’s phone number but not my son’s) and his teasing wasn’t exactly welcomed. I figured my rushing to get things in order to make it to RC in time was going to be wasted but luckily Rob was right near the school with the spare set of keys in his car…what are the chances?! I could have gotten home and said, forget it, but instead, I geared up and went running with an amazing crew. It was exactly what I needed, a little exercise and community.

November Project fills that bucket for me too. Not only does it help me in times that are difficult, it is proactive also. It sets me on a positive trajectory each morning. Despite the dreary forecast today, I love that we all shared 30 minutes together, legs and lungs burning, as we traversed across the stadium. Celebrating new people willing to take on Commonwealth, booming birthday girls and boys, and sending each other off with a hug or a high five to tackle their day, all set me up to look for the good that is all around me. It is pretty much impossible for me to leave an NP workout without a smile on my face.

So whatever life throws at you, know that you have an amazing community to come to every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning. We’ve got you! All you have to do is choose to #justshowup 🙂 

#justshowup 6AM

Friday – Walterdale Hill 

Until next time…SMILE! J

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