Wednesday, January 16, 2008

One person has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the person who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life. Edward B. Butler

I told Merit I was going to race her to see who could snap out of our blahs first... nothing like a little friendly competition to get the attitude back on track. On my mission to smile throughout my trials I searched through my collection of favorite quotes, verses, saying, photos, and journals and this one hit the spot!

Heck yeah! no problem holding on to joy for a short time or a little longer, but holding on for several years is like an Ironman... you gotta keep going and keep going and keep going despite the feelings you endure.

Merit I hope you are having an AWESOME day!


Blogger Pedergraham said...

What a lovely photo. Your dress is just beautiful. (I like the quote too!)

January 16, 2008 at 8:49 AM

Blogger Brooke Myers said...

Good to see you are snapping out of the sluggish water and into the ocean. There is always a sunny sky ahead and a dark cloud to leave behind.

January 16, 2008 at 8:57 AM

Blogger Kellye Mills said...

I'm glad that you are feeling better! Just looking at that picture would make me feel better! You guys are very cute together, and you look so pretty!

January 16, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Blogger UntPawGal02 said...

That photo is beautiful for one!

The comment about "you gotta keep going and keep going and keep going despite the feelings you endure.", totally describes an Ironman... or at least for me right now... the training :)

January 16, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Blogger Crash said...

Tell me about it - I don't want to do a damn thing. Snapping out of "it" soon would be good.

January 16, 2008 at 9:39 AM

Blogger Mel said...

ONE WORD describes this photo.....BEAUTIFUL

Melissa :)

January 16, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Anonymous NAUGHTY said...

OK.......Ironman is truly a metaphor for life.........a steady state effort of the disciplined mind.........marriage and family are EXCELLENT places to put into effect what it takes to have a flawlessly executed IM. Your family will be your greatest teacher. And two look so beautiful........and so for a reason....ever unfolding.

January 16, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Blogger Emmalee said...

That's such a hard spot when you're just tired of being grouchy and bummed and need a bump out of it but just can't quiet move it.
But wanting to get out of it is the first step.
And what's up with Putnam and sausage?

January 16, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Blogger Emmalee said...

OHHHH Yes! I remember Putnam. I just never thought you would be so dirty...haha. How could I forget the putnam butt crack..haha and roscoe. Brooke explained how your mind words so now I get it...Yeh that pink sausage is so gnarly and it makes me gag when I even see it in the ziploc bag. Then they eat it like licorice or a hot dog. BARF.

January 16, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful, if that made ME smile, then I am sure it makes you smile! Be Happy! Life IS good. :)
Jen H.

January 16, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Blogger Katie Weaver-Jongerius said...

It was 10 degrees in Iowa today and 30mph about hard not to be blah everyday! Thanks for your inspiring quotes and your fun blog!

January 16, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Thanks Bree - this is great! You look beautiful! Yes - I'm getting better, but the RAIN doesen't help. So... slow start, but I'm off and running. Thanks! Tommorow will be even better! And I'll keep your quote in mind when I'm pounding out my swim. Excellent!

January 16, 2008 at 5:24 PM

Blogger Speed Racer said...

What a great photo! Just a picture like that would be enough to snap me out of a funk. I'll have to remind myself of the quote too when burnout starts to set in. Thanks, as always, for the reality check.

(I followed your advice, by the way, and did speed work this morning. 13 miles of it. So I never have to do it again for as long as I live, right? Can I expect to be running 5 minute miles by tomorrow or will I have to wait till as late as Sunday? ...What was that you said about commitment and patience? I forgot.)

January 17, 2008 at 6:01 AM

Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

I LOVE that photo! Bree, you really have a knack for writing and inspiring folks. Great quote and analogy.

January 17, 2008 at 11:54 AM


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