Walk On!

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” Buddhist saying

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.” Luciano De Crescenzo

The Universe is amazing! Sometimes it drops a gift into your lap. That’s exactly how I felt when I began reading, It’s Not About the Miles: Lessons From The Road” by Dr. Terrie Wurzbacher. What an incredible book! Part memoir, part self-help guide, it’s really an encouragement counselor between two covers. Dr. Terrie isn’t just a former doctor in the U.S. Navy and ultramarathoner, she’s a 4’ ll” beacon of hope.

At 72, she triumphed over one of the toughest sports challenges around: “The Vol State Race”— a 314-mile trek across Tennessee that had to be completed in 10 days and within strict cut-off limits. She came in last, but she’s a winner! Preparing for and completing this race, not once but twice, was a victory over a raft of personal challenges: smoking and eating addictions, major health issues, a troubling childhood, and the biggest foe of all: a tough-as-nails inner critic.

As Dr. Terrie battled her problems step by step over her 10-day trek through July heat, storms, lack of sleep, and rough terrain, she began to see the road she was on as a metaphor for life. She realized she had overcome a lot in her 70+ years, so she wrote “It’s Not About the Miles,” to help others on their own journeys. What a gift to the Universe!

Dr. Terrie’s book is full of inspiring stories and practical life lessons:

“If you’re feeling incomplete, it’s your responsibility to figure out what will fill that empty spot. Search within and you’ll find it.”

“Be happy now, not ‘when.’ Now is all you have, so figure out what it will take this moment to make you smile. That’s where your happiness will come from.”

“Fear stifled our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation….Lost opportunities erode confidence…”

“If you want to do something so much that the fire is burning deep inside, do it! If it wasn’t risky, it wouldn’t be worth it. Of course you’re scared. It’s outside your comfort zone. Do it anyway.”

I wish I could share more, but you’ll just have to read “It’s Not About the Road,” yourself! You can find it on Amazon or through your Indie bookstore. Bravo, Dr. Terrie! Walk on—and write on!

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About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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