You’re Almost There….

"When it was over, I lay spent and exhausted on the cold, hard earth…never to be ranked with the average and mediocre..." This is a quote from one of our late presidents; my daughter sent me when I was toiling with one of life's many problems. She continued with, "In essence…I am a winner, and I will not say it's over until I have given everything. Until there is nothing left in me to give. That makes me special and unique." I keep this close to me and read it when I struggle or want to feel my children’s strength.

“When it was over, I lay spent and exhausted on the cold, hard earth...never to be ranked with the average and mediocre…” This is a quote from one of our late presidents; my daughter sent me when I was toiling with one of life’s many problems. She continued with, “In essence...I am a winner, and I will not say it’s...The warm air is disappearing, and the cold weather sends us back into the gym to keep our bodies strong and healthy. Don't worry. This isn't going to turn into an exercise column.

In the last few weeks, I have been testing my perseverance at the gym. My step class has actually been demonstrating my need to be more determined. I took the class to build stamina. It looked pretty easy to me. We begin vigorously with simple repetitive movements and stay at it until every muscle has been thoroughly worked. The steps are simple. There are no strenuous movements, so I figured I could handle it. Yet when I began, I realized that the hardest part had nothing to do with movement; it was all about endurance.

After 15 minutes, I felt like a limp piece of spaghetti. I just wanted to drop to the floor. So, of course, I did what anyone who is out of shape does, I quit. However, I kept going back. Over and over, I would go and last as long as I could and then stop. One night after quitting, I watched the class. It wasn't but a few more minutes than they reached the peak and began cooling down. If I had only tried a little harder, I could have finished. This week I was determined that I was going to stay with it until I finished or, as the quote said, "lay spent and exhausted on the cold, hard earth."

I did the first 20 minutes without much of a problem, but then it got hard. I wanted to quit, but I didn't. I just began to do the movements the way I could until I could catch up. Occasionally I would have to stop and start again, but I refused to quit. As you have guessed by now, I finished the class, and I felt great! Tired, but great!

The reason I wanted to write about this is because life is like that sometimes. I had given up on some things in my life when it got hard, but the things that I struggled with and finished are the things I am most proud of. When the work is being done, the heart is hurting, and you feel like you can't take another moment of whatever it is that you are reaching for, it is essential to know that you are probably almost there.

When I reached the peak in my exercise class and thought I couldn't make it, I pushed and allowed the sweat to fall down my back, and then to my relief, the instructor began the cool-down movements. Just when I thought I was going to have to quit again, I had made it.

If we worked as hard in our marriages, with our children, and our jobs, we might find that the goal was not near as far away as we thought. One of the things you do when your children are grown is hope the efforts you made as a young parent were good enough.

"Did I do a good job raising them," I ask myself sometimes? There are occasions when all I can remember are the things I wished I had done better. After my daughter sent me the letter, I asked her where she learned to be so determined. She eased my heart by saying,

"Mom, one of the most important things I learned from you and dad, is never to give up."

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Deana Landers
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I have had many roles in life
Pastor’s Wife , Mom/Nana , Nurse/Health Educator, Writer , Christian Speaker
I can't remember a time when I wasn't writing stories, either in my head or in my journal.

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