I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.
~ Anne Lamott, author
Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.
~ Robert Heinlein, author
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
This is #46 of 108 Ways to Livin’ the Moment. Let’s take back our lives one beautiful, funny, and delicious moment at a time
#46 of 108: Wrestle a Polar Bear
On February 17, 2006, Lydia Angyiou saw a polar bear suddenly approach her son and his friend, playing ice hockey in front of a youth center in Ivujivik, Quebec. The bear was about to attack.
Unleashing a hidden strength, Lydia ran toward and tackled the bear. A bloody fight ensued between mother and wild animal.
On December 19, 2009, Nick Harris was dropping off his daughter at school when he noticed the neighbor, Ashlyn, six years old, trapped under a car that was backing out of the driveway.
Harris ran over, and tapping into the same “hidden strength” as Lydia Angyiou, he lifted the car several inches into the air and freed the girl.
Nick Harris said he has tried lifting the same car three or four times since and he can’t get close.
As reported in Sports Illustrated:
“These superhero exploits, scientists concluded, are the result of the human brain’s forcing the body to keep much of its muscle power in reserve unless the power is required to preserve life.”
This hidden reserve of superhuman strengthexists in each of us.
Hopefully you never have to wrestle a polar bear or lift a car. But just knowing that you could gives you the strength to stare into the eyes of your doubts and fears, weaknesses and failures…and say:
“I am a badass motherf*cker, if and when I need to be!“
Tap your inner strength.
In addition to this hidden strength, we also have a vast, mostly untapped intelligence in our subconscious minds.
We are equipped by the Universe to be awesome, powerful beings.
But many of us struggle to access this hidden power because of a man-made disease called anxiety, or what the Hopi Indians referred to as Koyaanisqatsi.
As goes the quote, “You are sitting on a whale, fishing for minnows.”
In 2013 (starting in January), I will be offering a series of week-long online experiences to help you soothe your anxiety and tap your power.
It’s all about becoming a Momenteer!
To express interest…email [email protected] in the subject.
There’s never as good a time as right freakin’ now to start enjoying every day!
Editor: Lynn Hasselberger
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