Earlier today I did a vlog on the revelation I received this morning while running. Most times when I go out for a run, I seem to compare my running against others on the road. More often than not, I usually end up feeling defeated. What’s upsetting to me is that I can’t pride myself in my initiative. There are many out there who can’t even get off the couch to walk to their bedroom let alone even have the desire to get out and run. I should applaud myself for every stride I take whether I run a mile or five.
How fast or how far someone runs has absolutely nothing to do with me. I’m not in their body and they aren’t in mine. We may have the same body parts but our abilities are different. Where I can do 100 crunches on an exercise ball, the person running five miles in thirty-two minutes might not be able to. So to compare or push myself to run they way someone else does is unfair to my body and my sanity.
As with running, I can’t compare my journey in life with anyone else’s either. I don’t know how long someone has suffered or how much they’ve sacrificed to receive the blessings they receive. I don’t know how long another person has been running or what kind of training they’ve received. We all have our path, time, and turn for success.
I came up with a name for my running group that never was. S.T.R.I.D.E. Runners. Success Takes Readiness, Initiative, Determination, and Execution. Whatever it is you want in life you have to be willing to take the first stride.
Spiritual Jewel: Comparing yourself to another’s strength will cause you to lose your energy and sight of your goal. Stay focused on your own race.
This is Jewells signing out…