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Because of what I experienced during my full marathon training over the last 6 1/2 months, it seemed fitting to talk about one very important topic…bucket lists. I used to believe a bucket list was just a list of wishes to maybe check off before you die. But oh, how it is so much more.
I have had a bucket list for several years now and I’ve been thinking more and more about it. It also brought me to something I saw during a presentation I saw over a year ago and even blogged about. I was shown a picture of an elephant tied to a stake and told to ponder the meaning behind it.
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So I thought to myself, “The elephant is obviously tied to a stake. The elephant could pluck that stake out like a toothpick yet it was just standing there being all cute, sad, and elephant-like.”
The story behind this picture goes like this:
“When they are just babies they are chained or tied to huge stakes driven deep into the ground. There is not any chance the baby elephant can pull out the stake. For weeks the baby elephant tries to pull the stake and escape and eventually learns the lesson that you can’t pull out the stake. They just stay where they put you and learn to live within the boundaries which their keepers have placed upon them. Each of us can look at that massive mammal and see that they can escape anytime they wish – just walk away, but they don’t know the strength contained within them.”
– Russ Lawson, InJesus.com
He just said, “….they don’t know the strength contained within them.” Mindset. That is what this picture is all about. We ALL need to get control over our mindsets sometimes. We need to stop being a big, cute, sad looking elephant, make a bucket list, know the strength within ourselves, and RIP THE STAKE OUT OF THE GROUND!
Along with the elephant concept, I’ll also tie in the concept of “visualization” with bucket lists, which is something Kelsey Mead touched on in a previous blog post.
Kelsey stated, “I am a dreamer and I am a doer and I believe in the power of visualization. I also believe that God has orchestrated my path through my trust in Him and He has given my dreams reality. This translates into areas of life other than fitness. You have to see yourself taking the jump, making the attempt, and following through….” (emphasis mine)
Most recently, on Sunday, January 15th, I crossed one of the most intimidating things off my list. I finished my first full marathon.
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I believe it can be life-changing to have a bucket list, visualize it, and confidently trust God’s hand in it all. I encourage ALL of you to think about your own bucket lists. God gave us one life to live. If you don’t have a bucket list, start making one, watch it grow, and start crossing the list off.
Ashley Horner has truly helped me grow in so many ways…mental and physical strength, perseverance, grit, confidence…the list goes on and on. She has also helped me re-examine my bucket list…
….to lengthen it…
….to widen it…
….to deepen it…
….to get really UNCOMFORTABLE with the things I add to the list…
….to step out of my comfort zone…
…to rip the stake out of the ground…

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