It was a gorgeous day to run, filled with the great company - families, runners, and some of the camp kids - lots of smiles and FOOD, YAY! Gotta love free food at races :)
We started out on a side street and ran up to the big bridge over the river, and thank goodness the race *started* with the biggie and didn't end with it. Suffice to say, it was an excellent workout! It was 4 miles and we went over 2 bridges, and I was VERY happy that I didn't finish last :P I tend to go into races thinking I'd be the last jogger, and of course that's never the case.
There are several things that make me immensely grateful today:
I Am still capable of running 4 miles
... and shaved 4 minutes off of my 4 mile run! A RUN WITH BRIDGES!
The breathtaking view over the bridge as we crossed the river made the moment unforgettable. Whenever we drive over the bridge, Pat always takes a deep breath and says how happy and thankful she is to be living here in such beauty, and she's absolutely right.
I have sneakers, running clothes, two good running bras and a nifty pair of running socks that made the run as enjoyable as it was.
That the run was enjoyable! Running can be and still is a challenge, but I always knock it out and feel great when I'm done.
That I live here to do an outdoor run at the end of November in a t-shirt and comfy pants and not freeze my nipples off.
That although I'd love to run to music (or have a functioning music player for that matter), I can still knock it out by thinking about good things, why I'm doing this, and Who is ultimately behind my wheel. I Am so grateful to the Most High for being with me always.
Yesterday I had the blessed opportunity to volunteer all day feeding homeless people, prepping lunch and dinner and feeding a few hundred people and their families. It's a great experience in gaining perspective on life and (especially at this time of year) realizing how good we have it, and where we all fit in the grand scheme of things.
One of the other vulunteers and I talked for a while about the people we serve and how it's not just about making mistakes and fucking up with drugs or whatever - hey, *LIFE* happens, and shit happens out of our control and some people just get it worse than others.
A few days ago, I was working with a co-worker distrubuting materials about the college's adult education programs (GED, English as a Second Language, etc) to some of the homes and services that help people getting out of a rough situation - prison, drugs, abuse, etc. - and again, I'm so fortunate to have an opportunity to contribute to something.
I enjoy my job, I work with good people, it's a good environment, my skills and abilities are being utilized and when I heard how many *hundreds* of applicants there were, I was brought right back to where I needed to be in consciousness.
There's always something to be grateful for!
And though, like the 6 billion people I share this experience with, I have my own issues, I know and feel the Truth when I'm receptive.
I'd like to keep working on maintaining perspective, staying focued, minimizing excessiveness (in EVERY facet of my life) and moving forward.
But most of all, I'd like to continually remember that money is ultimately infinite, moving from one hand to the next and on and on. It certainly isn't the answer to all of life's problems and is not the way to happiness.
... granted, it'd be nice to have a butt-load of it, though ;)
The holidays are approaching, and you deserve all the good that this world has to offer! Hope you are enjoying the season ♥