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It’s April 19th and welcome to The Daily Quote—a podcast designed to kickstart your day in a positive way. I’m your host, Andrew McGivern, and nice to have you here.

April 19th marks “National Garlic Day,” a day to celebrate the bold and pungent flavors that garlic adds to our dishes and arguably to our lives. Whether you love it or simply endure it when necessary, garlic is a powerful addition to many a kitchen masterpiece.

Similarly, it’s often the strong, sometimes overpowering elements in our lives that make the most significant impact, a knock out punch if you will?

Today’s quote is from the legendary boxing champion, Muhammad Ali.

He once said:

“It’s not the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

Just like the unexpected strength and punch garlic can add to a dish, it’s often the smallest challenges in our lives—those pesky pebbles—that can make our journey feel exhausting.

Muhammad Ali, in his characteristic wisdom, wasn’t just speaking about boxing, but about life. He taught us that while we may prepare ourselves for the big, visible challenges, we must also be mindful of the small irritations. They might seem trivial, but they have the power to distract us, slow our pace, or even stop us entirely if we don’t address them.

Today, on National Garlic Day, let’s remember that it’s these small but powerful elements—whether in our food or in our lives—that require our attention and respect. It’s all about how we handle the garlic and the pebbles, right?

As you go through your day today, think about what ‘pebbles’ might be in your shoe. Are there small, seemingly insignificant things that are holding you back?

Maybe it’s time to pause, remove the pebble, and continue on your path, lighter and ready to climb those mountains.

Thank you for joining me today on The Daily Quote. Make sure to take a moment to appreciate both the mountains and the pebbles in your life. And maybe throw some extra garlic in tonight’s dinner—embrace the bold! I look forward to bringing you another quote tomorrow. Have a great day!

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