DISCLAIMER: I’m getting ready to pour my heart out…
First of all it was the 2 year “runniversary” (a term we coined for the occasion) of the first race I ran with my run buds-Disney Princess Half (I was Cinderella). Time to celebrate! So I ran 13.1 miles. 🙂 I felt great! The ole knee was a little tight but nothing like it was two weeks ago.
On an unrelated note, I was reminded repeatedly of how blessed I really am after feeling a little down and stressed out this week.
Then I was at Walgreen’s. I saw a lady in a wheelchair. She appeared to have Huntington’s disease.
I felt so guilty and so selfish for feeling sorry for myself. How lucky am I that I can run? Much less a marathon in one of the most beautiful places in America? How blessed am I that I can communicate with others?
Then, on my way to church today, I watched two homeless people cross the street while I waited at a stoplight. I cried. But, I’m a crier. Once again, how lucky am I?
Redeemer Community is amazing. I cannot express the uplifting feeling that I get inside that place when we are all singing and praising in unison. I cried there, too. Tears of happiness that I am here now. That my life is good. Better than most could ever hope for. Better than I should ever expect.
Then I ran my miles. I didn’t want to at first. I stopped to get gas. When I got out the wind almost knocked me over. My first thought was Great. I will be the first to admit, friends, I am a fair weather runner. You know that saying “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only soft people.”? I’m one of those people. But I’m trying! I ran today and it was fan-tab-u-lous!! The weather was perfect and I felt wonderful. I ran on this bike path in the next town over. Just a few months ago this path had flooded so this was the first time I was able to run there in a long while. I had missed it. It is one of my favorite places to run because I feel so nature-y.
So, today, be happy with what you have. All that you have. Even it’s not what society expects of you, be grateful.
So let hope rise and darkness tremble…