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Growing Flowers

As the final credits rolled down the screen at the theatrical showing of the film My Run, I sat frozen to my seat as I tried to absorb what I had just experienced.

Here is this 56 year old man, Terry Hitchcock, that has various health conditions, was not an active runner, and he made this seemingly two-screws-loose decision to run 2000 miles from Minnesota to Georgia in 75 consecutive days to raise awareness for single parent families.

Opinions around every corner from those he knew and those he didn’t.

But he’s…

  • old
  • unhealthy
  • overweight
  • not an athlete
  • not a runner
  • Left earlobe is bigger than the right (may not be completely true)
  • blah, blah, blah

Terry trumped all of this with the internal belief that he could, a deep seated passion that inspired action, and the execution of a number of steps that prepared himself to the best of his abilities. Terry lived BPA (Belief-Passion-Action).

BPA begins inside ourselves unbeknownst to the outside world, very similar to a seed planted beneath the soil.

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BPA then expands to your heart – the home of the spark, the fuel, and the bubbling volcanic potential energy that critically supports the desired experience. The sun and rain is this support for the yet dormant seed.

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BPA finally exhibits this amazing display of kinetic energy, the action steps that move you towards that which was merely a thought in your mind. The dormant seed breaks through the surface of the soil and grows to become this beautiful, fragrant flower.

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This flower is the culmination of the personal courage to take steps into your personal unknown – to grow, to experience, to live…and smell good doing it.

Did you notice? The flower blooms regardless of the end result. The process, the journey is the POW of it all. The acceptance of this idea attempts to emphasis that for even those desired life experiences that don’t turn out how we had planned, abundant life experiences are still produced.

There is no failure, only another life experience, another flower.

One of the powerful insights from My Run isn’t whether Terry actually made it to Georgia but that he was willing to go on this desired yet seemingly impossible life journey…and grow flowers. Hugely inspiring!

With Spring in full force here in the South and making brief appearances throughout the country, it seems like a great time to reflect on our desired life experiences (of all types) and consider developing that green thumb.

“But putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What are you looking at? To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainty: Live immediately.” – Lucius Seneca

Happy planting!

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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