Tag Archives: forgiveness

#1 resolution: forgive yourself and grow

As a young athlete I was typically motivated by two strong emotions: anger and the need for approval. If those seem contrary, you’re correct about that. I was angry at the world for its injustices and at the same time … Continue reading

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Keep this heart in mind

We saw Bonnie Raitt in concert a few weeks ago. She’s a truly amazing musician. I’d seen her once before, many years ago, in a double bill with Jimmy Buffett. She deferred to his raging fame at the time. But … Continue reading

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The memory that rides along with you

Mountain biking is a wonderful thing to do on a late Sunday afternoon in February when the skies are gray and the temperatures nuzzle into the 40s. That’s what found me pedaling north through the tri-cities of Batavia, Geneva and … Continue reading

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So many Sunday mornings

I’ve been a churchgoer by choice even since I was a little kid, and even when my parents attended a church ten miles away from our home in Elburn, Illinois, I chose to be confirmed at a Congregational Church three … Continue reading

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The surprising power of determination

By Christopher Cudworth “You’re so determined.”  That’s one of the biggest compliments you can give any person. When you say that someone is “determined” it means they are focused on a goal. They mean to achieve it the best way … Continue reading

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The zen of running and riding

By Christopher Cudworth A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, “I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it?”   The teacher’s reply was casual, “Ten years.” Impatiently, … Continue reading

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Running with Martin Luther King, Jr.

Race relations remain an uncomfortable topic in America. Our first black President promised to make things easier, but in many ways that promise cannot be fulfilled by one man or one change in the political landscape. It takes all of … Continue reading

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Running and riding through grief, both real and imagined

Mental health experts and grief counselors have long advised that grief is an emotional phenomenon with several stages. The classic and operative model is one proposed by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross that states there are 5 stages of grief.  Denial: Helps us … Continue reading

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