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Test Your Mettle

“In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson

“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson

You are stronger than you think. Test your mettle by doing something that challenges you. With hard work, determination, perseverence and enthusiasm, you will pass the test every time.

I participate in half marathons, duathalons and other events to have a goal, stay in shape and to spend time with friends as we cheer each other on.  And it’s not about being the fastest or first, but rather about the preparation, showing up and finishing, especially when it’s hard.

And in starting and finishing, we build depth of character. So when life tests us with challenges outside of our control, we know that we have the strength to get through. We have taken the test and passed.

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  1. I agree with this so very much. Challenges keep us healthy, whether they be mental or physical. Some of us haven’t the physical capacity to engage in such pursuits as you describe however, to keep mentally active, and physically active if able, is so good for us.

    September 24, 2012
    • Whatever inspires you – doesn’t have to be running or biking. Keep mentally active and engaged in life and watch what happens.

      September 24, 2012
  2. Jeanne DeMartino #

    I am so thankful that you stayed with me and not let me quit when it got hard yesterday life does have challenges and I am forever grateful for having family and friends with me though out these times.

    September 24, 2012
    • I haven’t had so much fun at an event. I wouldn’t have been anywhere else.

      September 24, 2012
  3. Congrats — I’m officially in AWE. Finishing IS what counts, for sure!

    September 24, 2012
  4. Deborah - d.mooncrab #

    Love it. Another good write!

    September 26, 2012
  5. Thank you for a timely and relevant post! You inspire me. I share your love of races too, and wholly agree that it’s not about being the fastest, but about finishing and accomplishing.

    September 28, 2012
  6. Well said, and very true. Loved the quotes as well– thanks!

    October 10, 2012

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