In keeping with the Lenten Season, I choose to be grateful today for my many blessings in life. Big or small, mundane or essential.
It’s 5:11am on a Black Saturday morning. Today is a big day in my running journey. The hubby and I are going to Sydney CBD and I will attempt to run a section of the SMH Half Marathon course. I am so excited, I woke up too soon. The house is quiet. My brain is clear and alert. Let’s do something productive. Here we go.
1/ I am Thankful for my Instagram community. I find my inspiration and motivation from like minded souls there. Food, photography, art, sketching, creativity, biking, humor, fitness, travel, clean eating… I have IG “friends” from all walks of life. We are all in it for self-expression and self-love. It is not noisy in there. I am intimate with strangers. (Ha! An oxymoron) We share all we want, to our hearts’ content!
2/ I am Thankful for this long 4-day weekend staycation. A chance to take stock, to de-clutter and to spend some downtime with the kiddos at home.
3/ I am Thankful for songs I discover and fall in love with. There was Imagine Dragons, then there was Lorde. Now I have Happy and Pharrell Williams on endless loop. Next song and album please!
4/ I am Thankful for the many learnings on running. For the numerous bloggers, internet resources and Runner’s World online and print magazine. I learned about rotating pairs of shoes, of running different routes or different sides of the same road. I learned to breathe from my belly and to exhale on alternating foot strikes. It’s so darn beautiful!
5/ I am Thankful for my friends. They who understand what I am doing. I am grateful for their quiet cheers. For their patience and forbearance. After all, it must be quite boring to hear my endless chats and messages about my day!
6/ I am Thankful for my positivity and infinite drive (It would seem). I don’t really know where this adventure will take me. I suppose I am enjoying the journey. There is no destination in running, anyway. I am thankful to feel so alive.
7/ I am Thankful for the conversation I have with you. Isn’t it amazing how we are able to connect at the drop of a hat? Not too long ago, I need to pick up a heavy phone or write a snail mail or meet you in person before I can connect. These days, I have multiple short bursts and long narratives with friends around the world. You know who you are. I Love YOU! Ang corny ko talaga!
8/ I am Thankful for an inspiring movie called Chariots of Fire. It’s the Best Picture from 1981 that I never saw, until last night. The story tells about the journey of England’s 1924 Athletics Team into their Olympic gold medal glory. I had to stop myself from putting on my running shoes and do a 100 meter dash after watching. A quote from Eric Liddell who runs with God. “Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within“
Jesus said, “Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you. If with all your hearts, you truly seek me, you shall ever surely find me.” If you commit yourself to the love of Christ, then that is how you run a straight race.” – Eric Liddell, Chariots of Fire
9/ I am Thankful for my life partner. He is my number one cheerer and supporter. I can never do any of my writing and running without him taking up some of my slack!
10/ I am Thankful for Writing. Writing multiplies my voice and compounds my experiences.
11/ I am Thankful for running. Pure Love. Simple and raw. Organic. All truly my own!
God. I am grateful. I humbly run with you in my heart.