5 minutes — in 6 inches of ICE water — that was my challenge.

No way (I thought).

I’d pushed myself (in an insanely short period of time) to run 12 miles, but this…THIS…seemed crazy to me.

Mind over matter my ass.

My mind was like…your ass is going to be cold to a degree that is of no interest to me…count me out.

Mentally (peace sign), and physically in fear, Regina had to take the reigns. She got in.

Impromptu, I simultaneously learned a lot about life:

You can have a natural response to something, that is superficial. Everything tangible — my mind, my body — rejected getting in that water. All the while, Regina had no intention of doing anything less. I sat through the internal conflict, clinging to the absolute: 5 minutes. In 5 minutes, the opposing forces would dissipate. The battle, would be over.

Unfortunately, opposing forces in life can last much longer than 5 minutes, but the key is knowing that they can not outlast you. We all have a combination of resources to pull from: physical, mental, economic, social, etc. Yet all of these pale in comparison to the Commander in Chief of Consciousness.

If you want to stay cool, calm, and collected: Get to know YOU. When it seems like the world is against you, you’ll know just who to turn to.