Wednesday, December 19, 2018

RUN & RID-erful Wednesday

It's important to take stock in life's everyday blessings. Sometimes I have so much going on that focusing on the small things make me smile, as well as force me to live in the moment and not take things for granted. My goal is to set aside one day a week to discuss a favorite quote that currently resonates with me when it comes to running, BMX, or just life in general.

This week's thoughts include:


From sports competitions to academia to work and beyond, this world seems to be full of comparisons. Am I better/faster/stronger than the other person? So I measure up academically (or that other high school worry - Do I look just as cool)? At work we may want to know that we stand out from our peers or if we have what it takes to succeed.

All these things are normal- they just seem to go with the territory and always have, but what about still striving to be our best while simultaneously accepting ourselves, faults and all??? THAT'S the tough part, and sometimes the constant struggle.

When I was in middle school my parents couldn't exactly afford to buy me nice clothes, shoes, etc.. The popular girls at school always looked like fashion models and it took me a long time to realize that I was enough even when I didn't own the best stuff, BUT- when I finally realized it I felt unstoppable! The old adage "the clothes don't make the (wo)man" are very true! Replace "clothes" with any material item and I guarantee you that line still makes sense.

A favorite childhood entertainer, Mr. Rogers, said it best when he said "You're perfect just the way you are.", and that's true. We all have faults and things we wish we could change about ourselves (some we are in control of and some not) but the truth is we are enough. We are worthy of being loved even though we may not like something about ourselves, and embracing the mantra "you are enough" is a step in the right direction to being happy and content. So say it with me.... 💓

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