September 2nd

Have you ever noticed how when you think negative thoughts your energy sags? I ran the New York City marathon once and in the last few miles my ankle, which had been sprained only a week before the race, began to throb. I limped along, determined to finish. I had no control over my thoughts at that point, but I did notice when I focused on the pain I could barely move. When I fixed my eyes on the finish, I could run. It seemed as though there were two people inside of me. One wanted to throw herself on the ground and cry. The other doggedly pushed on. I didn’t meet my goal of finishing in three and a half hours, but I did finish and in the process learned a valuable lesson of focusing on the positive. I plan to reinforce that lesson every day this month.

About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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