I am feeling a little emotional today so I wanted to share a post for some that may need a little I get it, I feel that way too moment!
When you look in the mirror in the morning, are you proud of who you see in the reflection? Are you being the best positive role model that you can even on days when it seems to be the last thing on your mind? Are you trying to be an encouraging friend or family member for someone who may need a little boost? Have you done something lately to inspire someone to be a better person?
Those are just a few of the questions that I ask myself when I am beginning my day. I try to reflect back on all the ways I lived my previous day and think to myself, did I inspire someone to be a better person or work a little harder or even get up and move outside their comfort zone. I also reflect on how others made me feel, which is my hardest struggle some days. It is hard to put on a happy face when you have negative people impacting the way you feel. Tone of a conversation, email, message or even a Facebook post. Those affect me and often I find myself shying away from social media just to get past the moment of negative thoughts. Hey, I’m only human too, words (even typed words with a tone) hurt.
Speaking about emotions instead of exercise is often Taboo these days. For me, it is one of the reasons that I choose running as my sport of choice. Clear my head, get the endorphins flowing, moments to myself to reflect on weeks, days and hours passed, that is what I love about my runs. Thinking about situations that have come and gone, how they affected me and my response in dealing with them.
When I feel inspired or compelled to reach out to my readers/followers and post words of encouragement it seems to be received with a response of, “thank you, I needed that today” which makes it all worth it. Recently, I had someone email me and ask, “how do you stay positive all the time!?!” Honestly, I won’t lie, it is not always rainbows and sugar sprinkles. Sure, I could stick up my middle fingers to the world and turn my back, but who did that help besides me and did it really help? Facing my imperfections and insecurities head on seems to always be my best course of resolution. Remove the negative, sure you can do that, but are you really facing the issue at hand? I often find myself getting wrapped up in a good run or workout to get my mind around moving on and then I feel empowered to pick myself up off the floor and moving in the right direction.
Dark days are often just hours away, but when you can wrap your mind around why and keep your head up, that’s keeping the positive in! Chin up and one foot in front of the other and run for peace, we’ll get there.