I’m not sure how or why, but the Lord has blessed me lately with some very unexpected but much needed friends.
For months I had my head buried in my training. I didn’t have time to nurture a blossoming friendship. And like everything else in life, you get out of it what you put in.
Once I finished ironman I decided things were going to change. I was going to put more effort into the classes I teach and I was going to attend classes. I needed to exercise around people. Through doing this, not only do I enjoy exercising again, but I have developed some friendships that I truly treasure.
Yesterday I received a gift card to our local running club from a woman that attends my classes. I love when she comes to my class. She’s full of energy, spunk, and determination. When I attend classes, I often set up next to her because I enjoy her energy. I felt especially blessed that she thought enough about me to give me a Christmas card. When I opened the card I began to cry. It wasn’t about the money, although she spent WAY more than she should have, it was that she appreciated me as much as I did her.
The weekend of the St. Jude’s marathon I spent the day Friday shopping, eating, and enjoying some developing friendships. As I said before, it was nice to be there to genuinely support someone in their goals and not feel a bit sad or jealous that I wasn’t participating myself.
I had the opportunity to meet up with the internet that weekend. I was torn!!! Do I get together with people I’ve communicated with for months but never talked to face to face? Or do I stay where I am and be there for the people that I came there for? Although I’m sad I missed an opportunity to me some of you fine people, I know I made the right choice. We had so much fun that weekend, we’ve already planned another trip back to Memphis in January.
I guess I’m just feeling overwhelmed with God’s timing. With the holidays approaching, the recent tragedies, my newfound friendships, and my family I don’t want to take a single thing for granted.