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Reaching For "More"


Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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Inspirational stories can mean a lot when you're ready for them. Settle in, if you're ready, and read the story above.

It reminded me of some of the plain determination I had when I started here on Spark. I wasn't inspired. It wasn't magic. No fairy guided me. I just DID it. The excitement came later. But novelty comes and goes. Rewards change.

I remember again that I always reach for more. I like more. More things. I used to like having more supplies ( backups of necessities, because I was afraid of running out, or not having the means to get more when I really needed them- I shed that, and work on it, both.) I like more of a good thing, rewarding for most people. But sometimes good things are only good because they are fleeting. Or they're good when they're enjoyed, not overlooked while searching out more of it.

From the end of the article-- I felt this way for many years. You can read it in my intro. More sunsets, more energy, more LIFE in my life. LAtely I've been reaching for more of what doesn't truly satisfy me- unhealthy foods, candy without moderation at work, at home... More and more work that is less and less finished, leaving an emptiness of accomplishment. This is not the more I want. I've been reaching for the wrong things. I'm not bad, just temporarily misguided.

And now I've reset my sights on my "more".
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MARTY728 5/10/2013 11:23AM

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MCJULIEO 5/8/2013 10:45PM

    You make a good point.....

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DDOORN 5/8/2013 10:18PM

    "More"...the *healthy* "more" is what I call living a SPARKED life and I believe this is what drives ALL of us here at SparkPeople. MORE heart, MORE life, MORE meaning, MORE connection, MORE energy, MORE of all the stuff of life that matters most! Go for it!

Don

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 5/8/2013 6:18PM

    Wow - Thank you for sharing - for all the inspirational reasons! I will be running my first marathon this year. He runs faster than I. :)

A side note is that I live up the road from his hometown, live just off the highway mentioned in the article. I can imagine the accident happening.

What a remarkable mother and man!



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LJCANNON 5/8/2013 12:09PM

    emoticon Bret's Story really does make you Stop and Think!! Thank you for sharing it!!

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JESPAH 5/8/2013 9:10AM

    One thing I found was that I was greedy about tons of things, and the weirdest things, too, like taking more shampoo than I needed, or buying a big roll of paper towels that didn't fit into the roll. WTF is that all about?

I decided that grabbing more in some way other than food could work for me - that deprivation was felt in other areas and I was compensating with the old standby, food.

I even learned that giving my husband a large salad helped. I got the happy jolt of seeing a big pile of food, but not the downside to eating a ton of it.

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 5/8/2013 8:25AM

    No, you're not bad... you deserve "more".. and the cool thing is it's always within your grasp...

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ZIRCADIA 5/8/2013 8:20AM

    I loved that story so much. And I agree - when I started SparkPeople I had such low expectations. I wanted to be healthier, I wanted to feel better. It got exciting and pumped later on down the road.

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MERRY_XMAS 5/8/2013 7:24AM

    Maybe you have lost your motivation, but you are still active... One of those days I'm sure you'll say "enough!" and you will be back; and more determined than ever!
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BONNIEMARGAY 5/8/2013 4:47AM

    What a blessing!

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BUTTERFLYROSE1 5/8/2013 2:31AM

    You are so insightful and perceptive and you seem to write it so well. Thank you for sharing your most complex and personal thoughts. emoticon emoticon

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