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The Future Awakens

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Inherent Hope

 Have you considered a connection between hope and endurance?

We throw that word – hope – around loosely in our everyday usage. I am a STAR WARS fan. Even if you are not impressed that the Millennium Falcon made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs, something we all share is the impact of hope in our lives. Hope is a prominent theme throughout the galaxy far, far away. In fact, the title of the first released movie in the Skywalker legacy is “A New Hope”. In the latest installment, hope once again drives the story as the “force” awakens.

Hope has an inherent risk associated with it just as in endurance contests. As much as I like the cool technology and combative clashes, its the peril of personalities and how the anticipation swells when you hear those words that reveal the connection of risk with hope and endurance -”I’ve got a bad feeling about this”. Ever caught yourself saying that as you step up to the start line of a race? Thankfully in these movies, no matter the price in what they encounter, nobody gives up. But even when I see the story more than once, already knowing the outcomes, I find great satisfaction from the experience and excitement of cheering for good to persevere, overcome and be victorious in the end. Hope is realized.

 

Stuck on Tatooine

 Just as young Luke Skywalker, while living with his aunt & uncle, felt his life was going nowhere on the desolate planet of Tatooine, I believe that a lot of people live lives of quiet desperation because their dreams and expectations are not what they imagined. Comfort and advancement were delayed and in some cases derailed by adversity. In their struggle, they try to make sense of where they were, where they are, and where they will be. Some feel like they themselves might as well be stuck on Tatooine. It has been said, “you can go three minutes without air, three hours with out shelter in extreme conditions, three days without water, three weeks with out food, and lifetime without sex. But you can’t go very long without hope.”

Something I heard a few years ago:

“It’s not that everything is all right,

but full confidence that everything will be all right.”

 So how will you respond when you encounter ‘unforeseen’ circumstances in 2016?  Will you press on or just give up hope?

 

The Future Awakens

 As we celebrate a new calendar year, it points toward an opportunity for reflection, resolve and rebooting of dreams and expectations. We can take inventory of lessons learned. Did you reach your goals last year? What will you change this time? What will you keep the same?

In life, we prefer to avoid difficulties, keep things neat and try to keep the proverbial train on the track. However, when training for athletic competitions, we actually invite adversity and discomfort to be used as tools to increase our health and abilities.

With the right approach and attitude we find purpose in the athletic struggle. That’s why we can agonize together in training so that we might be ready for the race that will test us. Down the road, we can look back and see it was all worth it. Otherwise, it is just a veneer of messy activity that passes time.

What about the future struggles in life that await me this New Year? It is not the absence of obstacles, but the response to them that can make a world of difference.

A well-known first century tentmaker we know as Paul, experienced a lot of change and adversity in his life. He risked hope as he traveled abroad in his day. He had strengths and limiters just like the rest of us. He inspired us by his faith & confidence that reached beyond the horizons. Amid the messiness, he stayed focused.  And like the rest of us, Paul needed outside help. He could not & did not accomplish this on his own. So he was able to write this near the end of his life: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.”

Did you have hope in days past? Will you find hope in the future? With the right guidance we can find purpose in the struggle in the race of life. When we overcome and complete the course set before us…then hope is realized.

What about your new year? Going to play it safe or want to take a risk with hope?  Starting over again? Got some “awakening” to do?  Me too.

Want to work together to help your goals be a reality?  Let’s talk. I would love the chance to help you athletically or life in general. Don’t put it off.

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
    but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.”

Proverbs 13:12

I plan to be a dispenser of health and hope in 2016.

(insert Darth Vader voice here) …”Join me. And together, we can fight against giving up, giving in or giving out.”

 

Happy New Year!

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