Determination is Grit

Have you ever had a day full of realization, belief, camaraderie, unity, excitement, and tears?

Oh, I had a week of it!  And, yet, at the close, I was motivated beyond my self-inflicted restrictions to pursue that which is MINE! 

Yes, that is called GRIT.

For days I have been recognizing it all around me. 

In nature, in my community of fellow journeymen, each on their own Hero’s Journey, in art, in tools, in everything… in myself! 


Something I listed to do this week, was to sort into the categories of trash, file, and give away, some things that I have neatly tucked away in the guestroom/office. 

Being very intentional about what I REALLY should hold on to, I found this gem of a photo of me at my last half-marathon.

I  looked long and hard at the photo and ‘battleshipped’ it. (Battleship is a term used in MKE, meaning to reverse engineer.) The revelation was so uplifting! 

Allow me to give you some background.

My Thoughts, the Race, and the Results

It was New Year’s Eve Day in the Pacific Northwest, Puget Sound, and it was cold and cloudy.  This was the last running race of the year. 

My attitude about this run (13.1 miles) was that it was half the distance I normally ran, so, it would be a piece of cake!   (HA!)

I expected it would be a different sort of run because I was wearing so many more layers than I had at past races which were in the spring or summer. 

Thoughts like, where should I attach my race bib, what if I get hot and need to shed some clothing, what if it rains, what if… AHHHH … ATTACHMENT! 

Wow! Here’s a thought!   “How about just start running when the horn blows and enjoy yourself?”  What a concept!!!

There are no words to describe the beauty that I saw.  The beautiful water of the Puget Sound, the ferry headed for Seattle, and the incredible greenery that seemed to roll right into the water.

I wish I could have lost myself in it, but the road had not been closed off to cars, so we runners had to be cognitive of 40-45 mph traffic.  Still it was so incredible!  And I was part of it!

Well, I wasn’t the first runner to finish, nor was I the last! 

My philosophy about any race, is, once started, I must finish. 

My goal:  to finish without needing an ambulance.  Goal accomplished!

And then the serendipity…

I received an award for finishing first in my age group. 

A surprise, because I did not realize I had moved into another age bracket. 

I was thrilled!

So, I asked how many runners were in my category. 

The answer made me laugh (as caught in the photo), ‘You are the only one!’

This was the very manifestation of a statement I had been saying for years –

“I don’t really love running, but I love, as I get older, I have fewer competitors.” BAM!  Yes, Manifestation!

So you can see, how, breaking down that scene and taking it back, bit by bit, to the beginning of my running journey, the challenges, the determination, and the victory showed GRIT. 

No doubt there is much GRIT in you, too.

I have learned in this wonderful self-directed thinking course called Master Key Experience, to recognize qualities in others can only be done if you possess the quality yourself.  I accept!

Smiling, I am so grateful!  I am worthy!  I have GRIT!

So do you!  You will learn to find it through Master Key Experience.

About the author 


I am a veteran home educator, mother of 3, grandmother of one, who loves Living Life to the fullest and encouraging other mature individuals, like myself, to do the same – through Love, positivity, and self-directed thinking.
A decade ago, I made the decision to live my life according to my own terms. Of course, my terms are not your terms. That’s the beauty of this journey!
There is so much to discover!
Journey with me!

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