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True Story: The Best Run Ever!

True Story: The Best Run Ever!

Several months ago, I went on my nightly run, like I often do. When winding my way up the hills of Oakland, I decided to take a turn up a street that I hadn’t been on before. I was pushing myself physically so I could push my way mentally through all my Inner Mean Girl’s lies. The lies that tell me I’m not enough. The ones that say I am failing. The ones that complain of overwhelm and lack. (Yes, my dear ones, I coach what I am hungry for!) As I turned around to make my way back down the hill, I glanced at a house, only to see this gate:

Compassion & Gratitude. Wow. There it was like a beacon, reminding me of all things good in the world. Reminding me to be compassionate not only with others, but with myself. Giving me a wake-up call of how much I have to be grateful for.

I was floored.

I decided to immediately take out my phone and snap a picture to remember the moment.

So there I am standing in this random driveway, sweating and red-faced taking pictures of this gate when a car winds its way around the corner. Sure enough it is the owner of the house coming home from work. I felt embarrassed for a moment, thinking she must think I’m casing the joint or something. I give a smile and a wave and begin to make my way down the hill. The owner pulls into her garage.

And something stopped me (my Inner Wisdom?), telling me to turn around and express my appreciation for the gate. I slowly approach and say as her car door opens, “Excuse me? Hi! I just wanted to say thank you so much for your gate. It is beautiful.”

“You’re welcome,” the owner of the house replied, as she made her way out of her garage and met me in her driveway. “I got it on eBay after my divorce a while ago. My ex and I used to have a big sign that said ‘No Solicitors’ and I realized that sign belonged to him. And I needed a new way to greet the world. Compassion and Gratitude. That’s me.”

I got goose bumps as she spoke. We talked for a while. I told her I was a coach; she replied that she does leadership training. We laughed at the serendipity. And of course exchanged emails.

True Story.

So I ask you, my dear friends and fellow adventurers:

What is on your gate?

How are you greeting the world?

Please let me know by posting a comment! I always LOVE hearing from you!

With enthusiasm, love and fun,


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Amy Ahlers

Amy Ahlers, the Wake-Up Call Coach, is the bestselling author of Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves. A certified Life Coach, speaker & author, she is taking a STAND for women to stop being so hard on themselves and start loving themselves instead. Join her community of nearly 40k souls who are committed to waking up to the voice of their Inner Wisdom & cultivating the courage to act on it. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter and make sure to go here to claim your free Inner Superstar Kit so you can shine bright!


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10:38PM PDT on May 5, 2015

Wonderful story. Thanks for posting.

12:52PM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

Compassion and Gratitude - what a wonderful guide to life...

9:04AM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

Compassion & Gratitude - what a great way to greet the world.

8:39PM PDT on Jul 11, 2014

Beautiful and inspiring. Thank you.

6:30PM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

What a lovely story and a nice way to meet a new friend. I love that just by changing the scenery your eye catches something new and special. Thank you, I enjoyed your post very much.

4:29PM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

Love this story, especially in light of the mainstream notion of what Oakland represents.
(Not usually thought of in benevolent terms!)

4:27AM PDT on Jun 1, 2014

Thanks for sharing

12:53AM PDT on May 15, 2014

thank you for posting

7:45PM PDT on May 14, 2014

Wow, what a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

9:41AM PDT on May 14, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

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