Last Thankful Thursday of August!
- Good runs – I’m grateful for all runs, but especially for the good ones, as I move forward toward Baystate
- Seeing fellow runners coming back from injury
- My support team – see them weekly, get positive reinforcement for the mind and soul as well as the body – grateful daily
- Unexpected emails from friends checking in to see how I’m doing
- Crowdfunding sites that allow me to help people I’ve never met (who I probably found out about via twitter)
- Fresh raspberries
- Toothpaste (and even dental floss)
- Friends taking a moment to share their life via photos – that “I’m thinking of you” effort in their busy lives means more than they might think
- Bug spray
- Businesses I thought were ignoring my questions getting in touch with an apology (technical issues) and attempting to help, and businesses that seem to specialize in great customer service
- Strolling coffee dates with friends at work
- Impressive young women like Jenny Simpson and Emily Infeld. Jenny for her performance, efforts, fun pictures on Instagram, positive attitude and maturity after losing a shoe in the 1500m final at Worlds (in this post-race video, note her concern for others and her total lack of self-pity – she’s grateful for what she’s already earned). Emily for continuing to keep coming back after 2 injuries and multiple setbacks, going as hard as she could and getting something good for it…. (are you loving all the great stories coming out of Worlds?)
- A few days of highs only in the 80s!
- “Ordinary” people who help others and who inspire others who then reach out to help:
- Runner Don Wright, who’s run 88 marathons since being diagnosed with cancer (he’s aiming for 100) and using his runs to raise awareness for a cancer advocacy organization, and
- Miranda Todd, mother of Ellie, a 4 year old girl whose new TinkerBell legs give her the joy of running, who had the courage to reach out and ask for help to get her daughter prosthetic legs for running at a much earlier age than would normally be provided, and all those who donated money, time and services to make it happen – watch the video as Ellie runs to the mom who adopted her when Ellie was two, after stays in seven foster homes and having had her legs amputated at age one.
The world can seem dark and filled with tragedy, sorrow, pain, hardships and unfairness, some of it inexplicable and some near unspeakable…..and it is.
But it’s also filled with good people, and love, compassion, friendship, generosity, beauty, joy and laughter.
“It’s better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the dark.” I read that as a child, in a book about a girl struggling with going blind and getting a “seeing eye dog”, and I’ve always remembered it.
Light a candle of good, spread the flame, keep it going by word or deed or both.
I wish you and yours peace of mind, health, happiness, joy, love and laughter. I hope you have much to be thankful for and to look forward to.