Good Medicine From a Joyful Heart

Meditations in Motion

You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.“- Wayne Dyer

Running a longer race like a marathon is a head game. When you run a 5K, it is such a short, intense burst of discomfort that it is over before you have a chance to think about it, but a marathon is different. In a marathon, there is time to ponder your pain.

I ran a marathon last weekend with my hubby Bill and two friends. This photo was taken at the beginning of the race, while we were full of hopeful smiles. It was raining, but the rain did not dampen our spirits.

During the course of the race, the rain became heavier, then turned into an absolute deluge. Water was spurting out of manhole covers and flooding the paths we ran on. One of my friends didn’t make the cutoff time at mile 17 and got swept from the race. My hips began aching at mile 25. My hubby lost a toenail. Lots of “stuff” happened.

After the race was over, we met back in our hotel room. Our smiles were just as big. We could not control the weather, the conditions of the course, how fast we could run, or the aches and pains that beset us. The only thing we could control was our response to those things.

We have only a few “lighted seasons“. Let us use them for exploration, for adventure, for joy, for dancing.

Dr. Dyer is right. Control what happens on the inside.

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22


I am linking up with Welcome Heart for Let’s Have Coffee, Debbie at Dare 2 Hear, Random-osity for Little Things Thursdays, Knit by God’s Hand for Thankful Thursdays, and Crystal Storms for Heart Encouragement, Amy at Live Life Well, Susan B Mead for Dancing With Jesus, Raisie Bay for Word of the Week, Morgan’s Milieu for Post, Comment, Love, Lyli Dunbar for Faith on Fire, Embracing the Unexpected for Grace and Truth, My World Thru My Camera Lens My Corner of the World, and Worth Beyond Rubies .

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  1. I respectfully disagree with Wayne Dyer–if people could “always control what goes on inside”, wouldn’t violent crimes diminish entirely? I do like that you included the Proverbs verse–I agree with that completely 🙂

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  2. More evidence that there is a dizzying variety in what different people consider fun. Slogging through rain, hip pain and losing toenails does not fall under my definition. But wrangling a 1,000 pound horse, getting filthy and sweaty and getting blisters on my legs from stirrup leathers? Now THAT is fun 🙂

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  3. I have to admit that I needed to google Wayne Dyer… perhaps that’s because I am not from the US. In any case, I really like that quote! I will check whether the library here in Florida has some of his books. Thanks for the tip!

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  4. Wow, Laurie, you win my admiration for not only running a marathon, but for running it in the rain with a positive spirit. Kudos to you, hubby and friends and for the reminder from Mr. Dyer and Proverbs to fire up the joy inside.

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  5. You sure did not let this weather dampen your spirit Laurie – you’re all smiles, each of you in this photo. I have to change my mindset … still tweaking my mindset about walking in the rain … I’ve been doing better, but a day like today (and tomorrow) … just torrential rain out there, non-stop since this morning. Love this quote: “You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.“- Wayne Dyer

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      • I did better this year after you and AJ (another runner) and someone at the Park convinced me to go out in the rain. I was more agreeable to walk in the rain for warmer days and I even got boots and walking shoes designed for wet weather. I’m not sure I’m ready to deal with rain like you had for the marathon, or like we had yesterday and today. That’ll have to grow on me. Of course you get warmer by running than I do by just walking.

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      • The rain we had for the marathon was just ridiculous. I have never been outside in weather like that. It was warm, though. It it was 40 degrees, that would have been another story!

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      • I don’t know how you did it Laurie – the weather is just so uncooperative sometimes. I guess they schedule it in late October so you don’t get overheated. I worked with an attorney one time who ran the NYC Marathon and it was very hot one year – he lost a lot of weight because it was so hot and he wanted to finish. He looked terrible when he came into work the next day.

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      • The weather last year for the Marine Corps Marathon was just perfect. I guess you take a chance no matter what season you hold a race. I once ran a marathon (in Minnesota) where a bank thermometer near the finish line read over 90 degrees! I had to sit down after that one!

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      • That is extremely hot! yes, we take what Mother Nature dishes out … sometimes not so wonderful stuff. We had a rainy day here today – a brief period with no rain, other than that a downpour and snow flurries tonight. Ugh.

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  6. I’m doing my very best to practice the same thing. Your reactions are what matter and they have such a huge impact on your mood, your day, your week and so on. Well done for pushing through and feeling proud despite the horrible conditions, what an incredible achievement!

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  7. Running a marathon is a huge challenge without bad weather to contend with too! Well done to you all and love that you still all had big smiles at the end. So very true that we can’t control what happens to us but we can choose how we respond to that. #WotW

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