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"Note to Kids: A Pathway to Your Superpowers"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018



Last week, my message to readers was that if you were struggling just don’t quit! Over the next few weeks, I would write about how to tap into your “superpowers.” Below is a message I wrote several months ago to my girls. It explains the first step: How to build a pathway to access your God-given strengths.  


Motivational Message:


“The devil went down to Georgia, he was looking for a soul to steal.
He was in a bind 'cos he was way behind: he was willin' to make a deal.

When he came across this young man sawin' on a fiddle and playin' it hot.

And the devil jumped upon a hickory stump and said: "Boy let me tell you what:


"I bet you didn't know it, but I'm a fiddle player too.

"And if you'd care to take a dare, I'll make a bet with you.

"Now you play a pretty good fiddle, boy, but give the devil his due:

"I bet a fiddle of gold against your soul, ‘cos I think I'm better than you."


The boy said: "My name's Johnny and it might be a sin,

"But I'll take your bet, your gonna regret, 'cos I'm the best that's ever been."


To hear the rest of the song by Charlie Daniels, click here

Dear Elizabeth and Lauren,


We had a conversation recently, and I just wanted to write it down so you can read about it. Being that you are 6 and 7 years old, I know I told you a few things that you won’t understand just yet.


One day, both of you came to me very frustrated about playing the violin. It just seemed too hard. If I remember right, one of you told me that practicing was boring. With those words, I decided to bring you over to my laptop. I pulled up a classic video from Charlie Daniels called, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Both of you were so amazed on how he played the fiddle that we must have watched it 15 times! It was a lot of fun. After explaining the words of the song, we spent a lot of time giggling with the 3 of us playing the “air fiddle.”


During our conversation, we talked about how Charlie Daniels must have practiced a lot to be able to play that well. On the 3rd time looking at the video, I said, “Kids… Look at his eyes...” They were closed. When discussing why, we determined that he practiced so much that he was no longer thinking about the notes anymore. He was even beyond feeling his way through the song. He was simply “being one” with the music. When I looked over to you, I could see that the concept of “being” was a bit of a stretch. Still, my lesson for you that day was not done.


This next part, I didn’t expect you to understand at all. It’s what I call “planting seeds” which I hope will blossom when the time is right. I continued by telling you that one of the greatest gifts God has given us is the ability to not only think but to feel. You see, when you are able to think, feel, and throw yourself completely in the direction for which you were created for, you find your pathway for how to be purely “in the moment.” This is the place where there is boundless energy with no time, no space, no fear. It’s that place where not even the Devil himself can go because it is where you are closest with God. That’s why in the song the devil loses his bet with young Johnny!!


Kids, my biggest wish for you is to learn how to think and feel while doing what you were created for. By doing this, you too will become close with God. That’s where true strength and happiness reside. Don’t ever be fooled by someone trying to convince you that it’s somewhere else.


Anyway, just something to think about when you’re older…


With Love,




So, How Does This Apply to Your Hero’s Journey?

If you are struggling right now, take time this week to go back to your dream list and ask, “Can I see myself in absolute joy when achieving this?” If there answer is not a deep and profound, “YES!” then dig deeper by asking, “What are the reasons, feelings, and emotions (energy-in-motion) driving my dream list?” Write those phrases down too.


It is absolutely essential that you include these components in your dream list so you can experience what achieving your full purpose will be like. With this deeper understanding of the “what’s” and “spiritual why’s” driving your dream list, a pathway emerges for access to your superpowers. It’s here, that endless amounts energy, focus, and insights are available for you to pull from. As a result, you will find new, innovative ways to keep moving forward.       


Next week will be my Independence Day Message, which highlights some of the risks and rewards of the Hero’s Journey experienced by our Founding Fathers. After that, we’ll pick up where we left off by practicing our first and most important superpower: How to Save a Life.


Until then…


God Bless,




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This Week’s Training Schedule

First, I want to write that the training is working! I am becoming healthier, leaner, stronger, and faster. My endurance levels continue grow. Risk still remains for my knees not being able to sustain the long workouts, but I continue to adapt my plans based on what my body is telling me by keeping a workout journal.


This week is a recovery week. Every 4th week out of my 14 week training plan pulls down the intensity a bit so the body is ready for the next 3-week interval of increased distance. Below is this week’s plan.


Monday: “The 300 Workout” (modified) / Swim 10 x 40m

Tuesday: Swim 10 x 100m / Elliptical Runner 20 min

Wednesday: Bike 45 min / Run 30 min

Thursday: Swim 2000m / Bike 60 min

Friday: Bike 90 min 

Saturday: Run 60 min

Sunday: Pilates / Run with Kids / Swimming / Kickball with Kids