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At what point did we stop running?

On Precarious Thinking!

My son, like most young children, runs everywhere. He runs to get a glass of juice, runs to his room because he forgot his socks, runs up the driveway of his grandmother's house, runs in the park and runs to fetch the ball he just hit in a toss up to himself.

Running is a child's purest expression of taking life head on. They run to whatever is front of them because they can't wait for what's next. They can't wait for life and they don't because they move towards life instead of letting life come to them.

My son's favorite sports mostly revolve around running such as soccer, tennis and flag football. Most recess and playground activities are based on running and skating and biking are basically mutations of running. Golf is tough for my kids.

Watch most kids getting off a school bus and if they're alone, they'll run to their front door. Sometimes the weight of their backpack slows them down or discourages them from running, both literally and metaphorically.

"Walk, don't run!" is an admonishment most adults deliver to their kids, often with more vigor than is needed. It comes gutturally from their heart and not in a good way because it's them saying, "Be careful about running, life can burn you." A child running in a parking lot is most parent's worst nightmare.

Post #17 - "Team Work Makes the Dream Work"

On Notes Too Frank

Dear Reader,

If I’ve learned anything these past few years it’s that the people around you have a big influence on your life and can determine not only if you reach your goals and aspirations but also what those goals and aspirations become. Our minds are built by feedback. We (yes, everybody) go out into the world everyday with a certain swagger that reflects our opinion of the world around us. The way we talk to others, walk down the street, attend to responsibilities, treat our belongings, strive for our wants, and everything we do transmits our opinion of the world. People and things around us react to our broadcasted selves (our opinions) and give us a different perspective.

The signals others give us can agree or disagree with our own opinions. When they agree we gain confidence in our view of the world and tend to put more effort into actualizing the selves we wish to become. In other words: We think we right, so we wanna show everyone the light. We begin to expand outwards, spreading our broadcasted views on the world.

Disagreement leads to questioning; we begin to question other views on the world as well as our own. First, we turn inward to examine our beliefs and see if they hold up in our world. Then, we look towards others; perhaps they see something we don’t. Perhaps they have experienced something unknown to us. Sometimes though, insecurity in our beliefs can lead to overly defending them, rather than opening up to amendments. We can sometimes become blind and lose ourselves in the cover of our shields.

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