Last night I talked with my daughter Sarah on the phone. She's had a cold since the day after Christmas.
She said she thought she'd surely be over it by now, and she'd signed up to run a half marathon today. I asked her if she would cancel and she said no, that maybe she'd just consider it a practice run.
Today around noon she called to say that she was the first female to finish. Ahead of all those 20- and 30-year olds. I asked her what happened to "just a practice run." She said that if you're running ahead, you don't think like that.
So, the life lessons. # 1. If you don't feel quite like doing something you really wanted, do it anyway. Show up. You just might finish well.
# 2. If you're running well, your thinking just might change.
Why do these life lessons strike me now? Because I have the usual post-holiday reluctance to get back to my projects. They seem too big. Not engaging enough. They might not turn out well. I might not have everything I need. There are lots of what if's.
Time to show up.