Redemption Racing Newsletter Sand Del Lee
The 6th round of the national series was at Sand Del Lee in Ottawa, Ontario. This weekend turned out to be the warmest yet, with temperatures rising above 40 degrees Celsius with the humidy. At the Redemption Racing devotion after riders meeting, I talked about the difference between happy people and unhappy people. I came across an article called “7 Habits of Chronically Unhappy People” written by Tamara Star… This is what I based my talk on.
According to Psychology Today, University of California researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky states: “40 percent of our capacity for happiness is within our power to change.”
Romans 12:12 (NIV): Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Happy people have perseverance towards problem-solving versus complaining over circumstances. There is a saying that has started in our pit this year that has become a positive statement. “We don’t have problems here… all we have are solutions.”
It is in how we view life that has such a large impact on whether we are a happy person or an unhappy person.
Here are 7 qualities of unhappy people in life.
1. Your default belief is that life is hard… Happy people know life can be hard and tend to bounce through hard times with an attitude of curiosity. They take responsibility for how they got themselves into a mess, and focus on getting themselves out as soon as possible.
Unhappy people see themselves as victims of life and stay stuck in the ‘look what happened to me’ attitude.
2. You believe most people can’t be trusted… Happy people believe in the good in people, vs. assuming everyone is out to get them.
Unhappy people are distrustful of most people they meet. Unfortunately this behavior slowly starts to close the door on any connection outside of an inner-circle.
3. You concentrate on what’s wrong in this world vs. what’s right… There’s plenty wrong with this world, yet unhappy people turn a blind eye to what’s actually right. Happy people are aware of global issues, but balance their concern with also seeing what’s right.
4. You compare yourself to others and harbor jealousy… Unhappy people believe someone else’s good fortune steals from their own. They constantly compare yours against theirs. Happy people believe they carry a unique blueprint that can’t be duplicated or stolen from. They believe in unlimited possibilities and don’t get bogged down by negative thinking.
5. You strive to control your life… There’s a difference between control and striving to achieve our goals. Happy people take steps daily to achieve their goals, but realize in the end, there’s very little control over what life throws their way. Unhappy people tend to micromanage in effort to control all outcomes and fall apart when life throws a wrench in their plan.
6. You consider your future with worry and fear… Unhappy people fill their thoughts with what could go wrong vs. what might go right. Happy people experience fear and worry, but make an important distinction between feeling it and living it.
7. You fill your conversations with gossip and complaints… Unhappy people like to live in the past. What’s happened to them and life’s hardships are their conversation of choice. When they run out of things to say, they’ll turn to other people’s lives and gossip. Happy people live in the now and dream about the future. You can feel their positive vibe from across the room. They’re excited about something they’re working on, grateful for what they have and dream about the possibilities of life.
Obviously none of us are perfect. We’re all going to swim in negative waters once in a while, but what matters is how long we stay there and how quickly we work to get ourselves out.
John 15:11-13 (NIV): I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Cade Clason (#761)
Got a 3rd place start in moto one and ran in 4th for a few laps but fell in a corner and rode back up to 7th. However, with 1.5 laps to go he had a mechanical failure. Second moto he raced a practice bike and rode his way up to 10th from a bad start. He went DNF-10, for 17th overall.
Seth Rarick (#17)
Had a going good in moto one until he got hit by another rider, which bent the sub-frame in a way that allowed dirt in the motor causing another motor failure…In second moto he pulled a great start from a poor gate pick and ran in 5th until his practice bike motor started giving him some transmission problems. He went DNF-9, for 14th overall.
Eric Jeffery (#69)
In first moto he was hit by another rider causing bike damage and a crash, but kept it together and finished 23rd-22nd for 25th overall.
Alex Jeffery (#111)
He went 23-25 for 28th overall.
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