When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.

The heart of the difference is not ability or even talent, but desire

The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Giving Thanks.

Yes, Rob, this is a good day. The weather is wonderful, but most importantly - wonderful people. I said it many times before, and I will never tire to repeat - I am blessed with people around me. Something that I cherish more than anything else in this world are my friends, and you, guys, so far yet so close, have become my dear friends who stepped in and offered a word of encouragement. Thank you, Angie, for sharing your amazing story of fight for life. Thank you, Darcy, for sharing the hard times you endured. Thank you, Rob, for telling your story and giving me hope - and yes, that night full of stars is unforgettable. Thanks you, Michelle and Jason, for all the sweet words - we’ve only spent together a few hours, but became a soul mates. Thank you, Bella, for reminding me about all the immigrants that come here and start their lives from scratch. Thanks to Hilda for “runs with me” on the beach under the sun. Thanks to Rev. Craig for always finding right words to express feelings - I wish I could come to hear you talk. Thanks to Gail for everyday’s phone calls and to Coach Lisa for everyday’s emails - they bring me back to life and give me positive vibes. We are here, on this Earth, for a reason, we all straggle at one time or another. Yet we choose to go on, fighting, adapting, finding good things to be happy about. I am happy that I found all of you through my blog. Yes, sometimes we stumble upon someone who hurts, but for every one of those there are ten who are not afraid to be kind, generous, honest, strong, giving.

On a lighter note, returning to the first purpose of this journal, I had a nice run today. I got up at 4 am and it was dark and windy, so I crawled on a couch in my running clothes and dosed off. But as the day went on, the sun came out, and after work I went to my favorite park. I didn’t quite have the spring in my steps, but my aches were at bay, and I went for all the hills I was avoiding in the last couple of weeks. I ran and thought of all of you, guys. How lucky I am to have met you. How lucky I am to have met my husband and give birth to two healthy boys. To have food on a table and a roof over head. To have dreams. And to have a wish to work towards making them come true.

11 comments:

craig said...

Sometimes I think I should "run more talk less."

robtherunner said...

So you got up and dozed off on the couch while I am looking outside right now at the frost on everything and thinking it sure looks cold out.

To run, or not to run that, is the question.

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backofpack said...

Olga, Glad things were better for you yesterday. Hope today goes as well!

Hilda said...

This way of comunication is incredible, definitely works to be in touch!

Your words are full of power!!

Running with positive thoughts gives you a high!!!

Ironayla said...

Glad to hear you got out for a run at your favorite park!

psbowe said...

That's is neat...to get in a run like that. Makes me happy.

Tomorrow is the big test for me...try running again for the 1st time in weeks, hopefully it's not too cold!

Sarah Elaine said...

Enjoyable post... I like the mix of running and thankfulness.

angie's pink fuzzy said...

thank you olga for sharing with us

glad you got a good run in!

Liv said...

It's true, in this blogging community you "meet" so many wonderful people, and in sharing our stories it feels as though we come to know each other, though many of us have never spoken face-to-face. And it's a totally great outlet for our complete obsession with running!

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