One of the reason’s I love to run is because it frees my mind to wonder without getting bored; this is when I have the most clarity in my thoughts.  Often I think of great things to blog about, but if I’m too tired after, I don’t get around to blogging them!

Last week I had a thought that I wanted to blog about, and now that it’s been sitting in my mind I find that I have more to say about it, so I’m glad I waited.  I was thinking about the purpose of life and how it is so hard to find.  Within this thinking I was lead to think about how we are perceived by others.  It is not necessarily what we think and do for ourselves, but how we affect others that can make the biggest impact on life.  I want to affect others in a positive manner.

This is not as simple as it sounds, however.  I often find it difficult to show grace and smile at everyone I come in contact with when I am in pain, tired, or simply overwhelmed by everything life throws at me.

This is where I need to develop the skill of proactivity instead of reactivity.  I think that when one is living in reactivity, it is almost as if you are struggling to stay afloat, just doing what you can to keep going.  When you are living in reactivity, you are letting your circumstances control you rather than controlling your circumstances.

This week I am going to practice not being reactive.  Already, thinking about not reacting to things, I feel a bit of peace in my life.  I want to control my circumstances rather than react to them; and I want to be perceived as a positive person!  I invite you to join me in this effort.  I believe that as we practice this skill, we can have a greater influence on the people we come into contact with in a positive way!

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