29 Jan Linda’s Post-Run Uplifting Surprise
Saturday dawned as an ordinary day. Nothing special, not even the predawn rain and drizzle that lingered after sunrise. Grey skies persisted accompanied by light ‘miserable precipitation’. Icy patches hid amid the puddles. Regular runners do not wait for ‘ideal conditions’ (not sure what those are anyway). If it’s raining, put on a cap; if it’s icy, wait until daylight; if you don’t feel like running, just head out the door and get started. That’s what I did. I found myself running lightly and easily. Felt good enough that I questioned the source of this ‘joie de vivre’ (joy of anything one might do). Typically blue skies and sunshine are more likely to generate such an improved mood. Soon enough the 10K was finished. Back home, a little stretch (making a point of this), protein shake, and coffee. A regular Saturday morning run done–ordinary from beginning to end.
…and then Ping! Incoming text on my phone. Picked it up and there it was–a text from a friend. ‘Good morning Linda! Never underestimate who you inspire! I was going to go run indoors this morning due to the rain…but then I saw you running this morning and decided I can run in the rain too! Thanks.’
Never underestimate who you inspire. I had done nothing extraordinary. Yet, someone else found inspiration in my actions. I read those words over and over. I will continue to read those words over and over. How wonderful to receive this post-run uplifting surprise; how uplifting to have someone take the time to share this thought with me.
And so I say to you, remind yourself that there are others who look to you. Never underestimate who you inspire. And if someone inspires you, will you tell them? I hope so.
Cheerios and thanks for reading, ~Linda