Monday’s Motivation: Kindness Knows No Age or Color
Sunday morning before church, I went to support my fellow running community as they participated in the MRTC RRS 10k at Shelby Farms.
I was at the start line cheering the last runners on when another runner escorted my new little friend back to the start line. She was crying because she fell right at the beginning of the race.
She looked no more than to be about 8 or 9 years old. I was impressed she was about to run 6.2 miles. She had her headphones on and her running app ready for the race.
I saw that she had scraped her elbow from the fall. The other runner nor did I know her, but she sacrificed her time and pace to see after her. The race officials and I began to calm the little girl down, clean and bandage her wound and I wiped the years from her eyes.
I asked her if she wanted to finish the race. She told me she did. I gave her a big hug and told her how beautiful she was and how proud I am that she chose to finish what she had started. She and the runner who brought her back began running together again. After they left, I cried for I was filled with emotion.
The running community is a special one because the pavement doesn’t care how old you are, how fast or slow you are, your gender, race, nationality, sex, or religion. It’s a sacred place where we’re all out there to achieve a common goal…to finish and finish injury free.
I’ve met some amazing people along my running journey. It’s been life changing for me because running gives me freedom. I saw my new friend at the end of the race crossing the mat for she finished what she had started. Kindness helped carry her to the end.
Is there something that you were meaning to do but didn’t? A goal or a dream you started but let life get in the way? During life’s journey we will encounter many obstacles that will cause us to stumble and fall. Don’t just sit there. Dust yourself off, take a deep breath, and finish what you’ve started. Show someone kindness today.
Live and Be Well…Happy Monday!