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I don't have the right...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I was cleaning out a bunch of old papers and ran across a picture from a 2007 church directory of my family and I. It was printed on an inkjet printer, hence the big water stain on my face (of all places) but I had forgotten that this picture even existed. There weren't too many of them around since they had been mostly purged because they never showed me in a good light, or angle, or anything else for that matter. Thankfully a few survived.

I sat and stared at it for a LONG time. I looked at my non-existent neck, face, arms, even the fact that I was hiding behind my youngest daughter Emily. That WAS ME, the old me.

I then looked at me from a few days ago, the picture of me in the finishers shirt.

Then:


Now:




I just realized something.

I don't have the RIGHT to stay down in the dumps for any reason.

There are so many who are striving every day to try to get to a place where they can have such a picture and here I am whining about a few things and allowing that to spoil my personal victory.

I remember a long time ago I told someone who was struggling and was discouraged about not being what they thought they should be a few things that came to back to me at that moment...

Let me share:

So what if you didn't run the perfect race, or even come close to doing as well as you thought you should. So what if you jiggled and didn't look suave and cool for the cameras. So what if you had to "lower yourself" and walk because you needed to.

So WHAT?

If the race course ran by a hospital, there were patients that watched you run by and longed to be able to breathe like you, to have use of their legs, to have the sun on their face, or to simply breathe fresh air and not have to listen to the moans of the suffering.

If the course ran by a residential area, there were those that sat in their chairs wishing they had your courage, wishing they could be active like you. To know what it is to do what you are doing and not feel like they are going to die.

If the course ran by a prison, there were inmates that felt a stab of regret about what landed them there, and felt some sort of longing to just be able to have a choice in their lives and do something without being watched, locked down, or herded from one area to another.

Then there are those at the finish line, the waiting families and friends that wonder what it has to feel like to do something like that and wear a medal, to finish something they started, to endure and see it through.

It all came back to me and I realized that with so many people who would give anything to have what I have, I am a debtor to them. To make sure that if they cannot experience it themselves, to not make it worse by making them watch as I act foolishly and squander away what they have dreamed about.

So what if I am a little off track, I'm still charting a course to ultimate victory because I have learned that in the long run, I will accept nothing less.

Happiness is a choice and ultimate success is also a choice because each decision lays the ground work for the next like one foot in front of the other. I know from experience that no matter how fast or how slow, one foot in front of the other will get you to the finish line be it a 5k or a 70.3

I don't have the right to be crabby.

It's time to smile.


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WILDFLOWERMA 10/17/2013 5:32PM

    Very well said. Another important reminder to be grateful in each moment.

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NEWTINK 10/17/2013 5:10PM

    I envy you on some levels that have nothing to do with your weight loss. Even when i get to my goal weight I will not be able to run the races you do. The damage that has been done to my feet is to extensive I just fight for the ability to walk properly. I know that doesnt help you much but yes it is a pleasure to see how far you have come in the journey. emoticon

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NHES220 10/17/2013 4:58PM

    So true! It is definitely what I'll be thinking about on my next run and when I cross the finish line of my next 5k. Thanks!
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TRUCKER72 10/17/2013 4:58PM

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SPARKBJOK 10/17/2013 4:23PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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ROZZIEOZZIE 10/17/2013 3:27PM

    Very inspirational - I am so glad I read your blog today as it was something I really needed to hear! It's easy to feel sorry for yourself and wonder why it seems like others have everything, but if you take a really good look around, everyone has their own problems, large and small. A positive outlook on things is the only way to go!
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LAURANCE 10/17/2013 3:23PM

  I've been feeling down in the dumps. I'm a caregiver and I'm getting burned out. But what you've written here is helpful and is giving me a needed lift.
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JUNEAU2010 10/17/2013 3:14PM

    emoticon I spent part of one teen summer as a patient in a crippled childrens' hospital (yes, that was part of the name!). I will never forget that experience. I met children who will never walk, who will never sit up and who face a lifetime of restricted movement and countless operations. While I may walk with a limp and really hate to exercise, I cannot complain. I can get up and walk. I can run (a little!), I can swing a kettlebell. I can dress myself and I can drive. So many things are so easy to take for granted!

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BAMAJAM 10/17/2013 2:33PM

  What a great blog, and what a great accomplishment!
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!

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MARYHENNIG 10/17/2013 2:05PM

  Thanks for taking the time to share! Great Blog!!!


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HWNHMMBRD 10/17/2013 1:42PM

    Thank you for sharing, talk about timing. You said things I needed to hear, at this time, and I am very glad I decided to read your blog. Have a wonderful day.

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4KWALK 10/17/2013 1:17PM

    What you do have right is the way you put these words down for all of us to see. It's time to be thankful that we can make those changes. It is time to be thankful that we are making those changes. Yes put a smile on our face and rejoice because we can make choices and we are making the right choices.
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MOVEITMARY 10/17/2013 1:15PM

    Your example of the race is beautiful and made me cry. I often have similar thoughts when I realize how grateful I am to have all that I have - including a body that works, even if it isn't the athlete's body that I would love to have (yet).

Congratulations to you on your HEALTHY BODY!

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KYOUNGS71 10/17/2013 1:08PM

    What an awesome outlook. I will use this to remind me of my blessings. Thank you. emoticon

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SASSY5468 10/17/2013 1:05PM

    Brilliant :)

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JOSIELEE2 10/17/2013 12:50PM

  Very wise. Very inspirational. Continue being so positive, today, I'm going to take your words to heart.

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MNNICE 10/17/2013 12:05PM

    You've guilted me right out of my crabbiness! Great blog! I am counting my blessings!

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NONNAOF2 10/17/2013 11:48AM

  We all need to sit back once in a while and remember to count our blessings! :-)

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HILLSLUG98239 10/17/2013 11:10AM

    Like everyone else who's posted here, I love your spirit! Thank you for the reminder. Great blog post!

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    I had been praying that you wouldn't give up on yourself, or us! emoticon

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    Keep up the wonderful work ahead of you. Thank you for sharing.

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CALGALINIOWA 10/17/2013 10:24AM

    GRATITUDE! I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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PSIMSON 10/17/2013 10:16AM

    Fantastic and inspiring blog. Thank you for sharing!

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    emoticon Thanks for the elaborate reminder!

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    emoticon Great Blog!! It is always Good to see things from Someone Else's Point of View.

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    Right on!

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