Saturday, June 04, 2011
Sometimes listening to the advice that we give – is so hard – but should be easy. After all, the words are coming from our own mouths and our mouths and our ears really aren’t that far apart. But it’s sometimes so much easier to talk than it is to listen.
This week our youngest daughter came home with an acceptable grade on a science project. When we talked about it, she said, “What’s the point I’ll never be Olivia? Stop expecting me to get the grades she gets.” Olivia is our oldest daughter and received a number of recognitions for her academic successes. Emma’s grade however was really unacceptable – let’s just say it was below a 60 and she had guidelines to follow for the project that she just flat-out ignored.
We talked about a lot of things. But on the pieces of our conversation hit on how she has gifts that are different than her sister like art & music. I told her that she should remember those gifts and focus on being the best Em she could be. She shouldn’t worry about how smart she thinks her friends are or even worry about her sister, but she shouldn’t simply shrug and give-up either.
That’s so applicable to how I feel as a runner sometimes. We have been blessed with guidelines, encouragement/advice from others, training plans, websites, books, podcasts and more technical clothing/sneakers than you can shake a stick at. But it all comes down to us. The running authors of the blogs that I read can’t run for me, but neither should I think, “Look at all of those successful and strong runners out there – what’s the point – I’ll never be like them”. By thinking such things we often beat ourselves before we even start.
Honestly, it’s so easy to feel that way so many times…
There are women prettier than me – People smarter than me – richer than me – more athletic than me – better cooks than me…..
BLUCK – BLUCK – BLUCK - RUBBISH
Sometimes I just need to remember to be take my own advice and just strive to be the best me I can be and remember to be happy.