Take a Breather

The track sprinter doesn’t sprint continuously.

The tennis match doesn’t continue on from one point to the next without giving the players a moment to catch their breath.

Football has stops in between plays.

Even in a day-long race like the Ironman, you find ways to catch your breath even though you don’t stop.

For instance, when I competed as an Ironman athlete, I would gather big loads of oxygen on the descents on the bike.

Life just kind of works like this.

Things are moving forward, and everything is working and moving ahead.

Then, at times, things pause and come to a stop.

This is normal.

Know that activities by their nature take a breath.

And workers need time to catch their breath.

Some would call moving ahead continuously without taking a breath “burning the candle at both ends.”

If you haven’t lately, take a breath.

When you do, recount what you are grateful for.

Ask your donors what they are grateful for.

You’ll find renewed energy when you do.



“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”

– Calvin Coolidge

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