Embracing Discomfort

It's good to do uncomfortable things. It's weight training for life.

— Anne Lamont —

A view from the bridge in Piqua looking south during the early stages of my ride.


At least once a year during the fall, I embark on a 100-mile bike (with pedals) ride. We are so blessed in our neck of the woods to have hundreds of miles of trails cut between fabulous reels of scenery. The scenery is incredibly vibrant during autumn, and thus, the reasoning behind the timing of my journey.

When I embark on such a lengthy journey, I know there will be uncomfortable moments, whether battling the wind or fighting gravity’s pull of my duff to my bike seat.

The beauty of nature I’m blessed to observe during my ride, combined with seven hours to myself and a feeling of accomplishment, outweighs any discomfort.

One of dozens of vibrant orange trees that greeted me during my ride.

The opening quote is so accurate.

We can’t grow by being comfortable.

During this month of focusing on our energy, I’ve challenged you to do whatever it takes to care for your spiritual, mental, and physical beings.

We have energy when we are spiritually, mentally, and physically fit.

If you lack energy and know you need to begin nurturing the three critical pieces of your being, get ready for some discomfort in the beginning. Try gratefully embracing the discomfort, knowing that at some point, it will disappear, and the mental toughness you develop through the process will be like a wind at your back…which happened to me during miles fifty to one hundred three weeks ago.

Mark 4:39, “And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”

Still” kicking” at the end of the ride. All the discomfort was worth it because I think there needs to be another before chapter 2023 closes. 🙂



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