It occurred to me tonight as I ran alone, determined to get in about three miles, that I am back where I started. Back in the early summer, Jeff and I were walking on the same trail and he challenged me to run a mile with him. I begrudgingly agreed but I did it and surprised myself. It was rough. That day I decided I could make a goal to run ( with five months to train) in the Race for the Cure on Saturday. To be there today with the purpose to run, no walking and no music….and to complete what I set out to do…I thank the Lord. Without Him, I know it would not be possible. And thanks to Jeff for the first mile!
On this path, about two months ago, I had begun to pick up the pace and alternate running and walking. On my way to the “bridge” as I call it, I see a lady running toward me who is thirty years my senior.”Wow”,I think to myself,”if she is doing this, surely I can!” And then she got right next to me and smiled the biggest smile I have ever seen! It empowered me. I ran a little more than usual, still alternating walking, when I see her headed my way again (yes,she could run laps around me). Do you know that she smiled that huge smile again? I mean, I try to be friendly but I am usually trying to breathe and concentrate on almost being done..haha. A smile.Twice. She was my seventy year old running angel!She inspired me not by one word but by her action. And she ran on her way.
Actions speak way louder than words.
On Day 9, I dedicate my post to all of the cancer survivors out there, not just specific to breast cancer tonight, but all represented. I never in my life knew that I would gain so many new friends in this new “club”. I am kidding, there’s no club, nobody signs up yet we all feel a connection the second you say “I’ve been there too.” My life is rich, rich, rich because of the wisdom and love that I have learned from the actions and responses of cancer patients that I am blessed to be around. To see them at their most vulnerable times but feel their courage and strength. And to anyone reading that is on the cancer journey, I do say this to you..”I hope you know you can do it! God is with you every step of the way, “for nothing is impossible with God” Luke 1:37 I pray that every need is met and you grow closer to the Lord than ever before through the process, however that looks for you.