When Times Get Tough…

Its been a really tough week and in actuality the last month has been tough. 

Between my body being in a weird state of recovery and repair, my back got tweaked pretty bad last Monday so Ive been living in a state of pain for the past week. My best bud and walking partner, my overly hyper and super obedient Pup Riley passed away this week. I write this in tears, I didn’t know how I would take it when he passed but it was way too soon and my heart is broken.

Listening to your wife cry and your son sob as he asks why Riley isn’t coming home is tough, being the one who has to be strong for everyone is tough, thinking about all the walks and runs with your bud that will never happen again, tough.

Here’s what I can tell you, don’t undervalue time and time spent. Life happens so fast and I don’t think you’ll ever regret not making enough money but you WILL regret the time you could’ve spent with the ones you love.

In tough times don’t isolate yourself, rather lean deeper into the ones you love and find comfort in each other rather than putting distance between you and them. There’s strength in being vulnerable and so much to be gained in relationships by getting closer in tough times.

It’s ok to be still, I move at a rapid pace most every hour Im awake and because of that I can accomplish a lot in a 14 hour period but there are times and places for rest, to be still and to have grace. You don’t always have to be moving forward you can sit and breathe and just be.

I miss that dog, the walks and kisses, the peeing on me cause he’s so excited to see me, the overly aggressive way of getting beside me when I tried to stretch around him. Im grateful for the time I had with him. He’s a part of my heart.

My Faith means more to me than anything and in tough times I always remember this verse from the Bible.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; 7a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

This is a time for me to heal both physically and emotionally and thats OK.

Coach Dan