Thankful Thursday 8/20/2015

On the list this week

  • This cartoon, an ad in Yankee Magazine (enjoying that too) for the exhibit, which made me laugh out loud while on the bike:
back off, mister!

back off, mister!

  • Good news at the dentist
  • A 21 mile long run
  • A dear friend got her husband to take iPhone video of her swimming and she sent it to me – I love sharing part of her life. It can be challenging to stay close and keep up when we’re on opposite sides of the country, both busy, and she with adorable small ones on top of a demanding job, and this was a creative way to do it and much appreciated.
  • Travel books and sites with all their wonderful possibilities, generating pleasant moments spent dreaming and planning
  • Nectarines, peaches, watermelon – summer fruit!
  • Running books and memoirs (just finished my 4th reading of the great book Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn while waiting for his book on Japanese running to arrive from the UK, now re-reading this memoir by 1984 Olympic marathon bronze medalist & London Marathon winner Charlie Spedding, rec – both authors have been on my fave Marathon Talk podcast)
  • Running web sites – not only Runner’s World, etc. but LetsRun.com, RunBlogRun, RunnersWeb, Athletics Weekly, masterstrack.com, irun.ca (among others) and sites for governing bodies like USATF, IAAF – I love reading about running (just like I love listening to podcasts)
  • Running magazines (I just subscribed to New England Runner, great publication)
  • The joy I get from reading about running or listening to discussions of running or talking about running
  • The incredible luxury of a grocery store – we have them, I can safely go to one, they’re well stocked, I have the resources to buy whatever I want or need, the food is reasonably safe……
  • Stories like those of Sam Chelanga and Wesley Korir.
    • The journey of Chelanga, a newly-minted American citizen, reminds me how lucky I am to be able to safely do something as fundamental and essential as drink clean water. It also reminds me how amazing, determined, caring and generous people can be, and puts my minor first world (literally) problems into perspective, even if just for a moment. Chelanga’s profile discusses some of the people who helped him, including Paul Tergat. I hope Chelanga sets up a foundation or something like that so more of us can help him help others. (Note: 2 days after becoming a citizen, he was 4th American at the Falmouth Road Race.)
    • The determination of Korir – Boston Marathon winner and member of Kenya’s Parliament – to help his country and its people. His dedication to that cause as well as his family and running are so impressive. He has beaten the odds in the past and continues to fight them now.

Though it is sad that there’s so much need and pain and suffering in the world, there are so many opportunities to have a positive effect on someone’s life. I’m grateful for those opportunities, the outlets or people from which I learn about them, and stories of people doing good – at whatever level or scale, wherever, however – to help others. If you know of people doing good, share their stories!

What are you thankful for this week?