Friday, January 15, 2010
Today I began with the excuse of not walking because it is raining out. Then I settled into my chair and began reading my emails.
Right away I saw an update on one of my Ally Cat Kids, Cody. Cody just recently had a BMT (bone marrow transplant) and is in the hospital again. Cody is 9 years old.
In his blog update, there it is. He slept for a while this morning, watched the Haiti Hurricane updates on CNN to see how the people are getting help. This really concerns him.
Then, Cody got out of bed and did some SPRINTING around his room, followed by a walk around the nurse's stations to visit.
I was humbled by this posting. I told myself "If Cody could get out of bed to exercise, I sure as heck can get out of the chair and do what I am supposed to be doing for my own betterment."
I got on my shoes, jacket, pedometer, timer, and hat. Out the door went Winsten and I.
Yes, indeed, it was RAINING and the wind was blowing a lot. But the temperature was 49 degrees, so that wasn't so bad.
I began my walk with a song. I actually sang to the trees, sky, rain, Winsten and Cody. I sang "Singing in the Rain", which seemed appropriate.
After the first mile, I let Winsten in the house so he could get dried off by DH. Winsten does NOT like rain. Dropping him off, I continued my walk.
The rain helped me go faster than normal, and I completed 4.5 miles in 47 minutes. But that is not the good news.
The GOOD news is that while walking, I got out of myself. I chugged along, and started thinking about all "my" kids fighting cancer.
What do you suppose those kids would think if they were told they could go out and walk in the rain??
They sometimes cannot even leave the hospital for months at a time, much less say get outside. Some of those children will never again feel the rain on their faces.
They would JUMP at the chance to walk in the rain again!!
So I walked. And I prayed. And I was filled with gratitude that I was walking in the rain.............BECAUSE I CAN!!
I need no other reason than that!