As I was pulling into my parents' neighborhood, I couldn't help feeling giddy about looking at Christmas lights. It's amazing how something so small can lift my spirits. To be honest, without divulging too much, I've been down lately. For once in my life, I can't seem to "run it off." I was talking to my best friend about my troubles and, as usual, she said something intuitive. "You are a marathon runner; you can overcome anything." This led me to think about physical and inner strength, wondering if there is a connection.
It takes incredible strength to run a marathon. Your legs and lungs have to be strong to get you safely to the finish. My recent running battles, have been mental aspects of a race, particularly mental strength to go hard to the end. It seems ironic that this past race, although not much of a PR, was one of my strongest mentally. I overcame the feeling of wanting to quit. I was determined to keep going. My mind beat what my body was trying to tell me. The faithful part of me believes that God plans all things for us, and will never give us something we can't handle. I feel that my race in Charlotte was fine-tuning my inner strength for events to come.
I know this seems like one big ramble. For those of you that blog, sometimes writing is more for the writer than the reader. This Christmas, life has handed me some nasty lemons. At times I wonder why such bad things happen to such good people? Are they life lessons used to make us stronger? Do they teach us not to take happiness for granted? (I am guilty of this one.) For any of you that are struggling this holiday season, stay strong! We will make it through because we are marathon runners! This too shall pass and hopefully I will come out on top, just like in Charlotte.
Happy holidays, everyone! Be strong!