Posted By venita on November 8, 2009
Yesterday was an extraordinarily disappointing. I missed a race that I had been training for since the beginning of October. That may sound trite, but running has become my way of dealing with the incredible challenges that have come over the last year. It is my mechanism for clarity and positive thought.
With that said, I could sit here and dwell on my disappointment or I could be thankful instead for the blessing of family, friends, and art. These things, combined with running have made a devastating year, manageable and almost tolerable. So, with that thought I wanted to share this piece I did in KC Willis’ class last month.
This little girl has such joy, considering she grew up in a time when we were not allowed to vote, lived in a segregated society, and could at best dream of becoming a maid. She exudes joyfulness and makes anyone that sees her smile. So, I thought I would reflect on her smile and remember there will be other opportunities and other disappointments much more powerful than a missed race. And if I can just stay focused on positive thought, I may not be able to avoid the disappointments, but I can keep focused on my blessings and be thankful for what I have. And that will make what ever the difficulty, better faster than I could hope.
All the best…