THE POWER OF ONE
This past weekend we ran in the Matt Karns Memorial 5k in Schertz, TX to benefit the Baptist Medical System Crisis Fund. This annual event started 10 years ago after 27 year old, Matt, a passionate Physical Therapist died tragically in a cycle accident. During his short time on earth, he made a huge difference. He alone raised 40k for the Baptist Health System Crisis Fund by running a marathon and inspired all those that knew him to get healthy and exercise. He continues to impact more lives than he could have ever imagined. As I ran the race, following the sea of yellow shirts with the phrase, “The Power of One” on the back of each one, I thought about that.
Can just one of us change the world? I decided this is what I would write about this week. With this topic in mind, examples continuously came to mind as the weekend unfolded. We cannot force the world to change to our liking, but we can live a life of love and respect that affects the lives we touch; who in turn make a difference in those they influence.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE WITH WISDOM FROM ABOVE
Sunday in church the scripture we learned about was James 3:17 and has always been one of my favorite.
Every time I read this verse, it is a reminder when we treat others with a gentle spirit, full of mercy, impartial, and sincere; there is a openness to trust us. In most of society if we don’t fully agree with others “we don’t like them”. What if instead of worrying with seeing eye to eye with everyone, we respectfully disagree?
Many times this is easier said than done in our relationships. At the end of the day if our opinion is not going to help to interject, it is okay to not say anything.
We have all heard that cliche to “Pick Your Battles”. That goes the same with opinions. Unless it is advice to a friend or loved one that needs to be said, it is not weakness to hold your tongue. When we do need to address a conflict, it is heard with more clarity when we speak with love as our motive.
LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS
I always took this phrase as don’t spend more money than you have, but it can also be interpreted as don’t use up more time than you have on things that are not important. Wow! Does this ever hit home for me! Regardless of where we are in life, how we spend our time matters. It is so precious and some days find myself just piddling on social media looking at the beautiful houses, wardrobes, super athletes instead of unplugging to spend time with my husband. After recently setting up this blog, I started following some pro bloggers to get a better idea of what it was about. There are Fashion Bloggers, Mom Bloggers, Business Bloggers, Crafting Bloggers, Health Bloggers, Photography Bloggers, Home Decor Bloggers, Cooking Bloggers… I am amazed that there are so many pro’s out there that influence their followers. Being a Stage 4 cancer survivor, I am passionate about health awareness and taking care of our body. Running is a passion, but am not a competitive athlete. House decor and cooking interest me too, but no Joanna Gaines or Pioneer Woman here. 🙂 It is okay to just be interested in things that make me happy, inspire me, make me laugh, but need to make sure I am not comparing myself to others and wasting precious time doing so. As this weekend was coming to an end, I came across a quote from the book ‘Little Women’ that sums it all up. It goes like this, “If you feel your value lies in being merely decorative, I fear that someday you might find yourself believing that’s all that you really are. Time erodes all such beauty, but what it cannot diminish is the wonderful workings of your mind: your humor, your kindness, and our moral courage. These are the things I cherish so in you.”
These are things I cherish in my family and friends.
Here are a few pics from our race, brunch, and weekend.
Brunch at Max’s Wine Dive after our 5k
Keith ran his first 5 k in many, many years!
Friday night at Brass Tap Happy Hour
We enjoyed our first Pool Day of the season on Sunday! Butterflies were everywhere.
I love to run and run to stay healthy. After cancer, I started running more and run a half marathon every year. My philosophy is “It is me vs. me.” I try to avoid getting caught up on how fast my time is, but do wish I was faster. Most importantly, just thankful I am healthy.