A Lesson In Houston

I am always surprised by how much we have in common with total strangers and how our associations, often unplanned, can teach us new lessons or remind us of lessons we learned in the past.

Recently I started to run my marathons for a cause. While in Houston I ran in a  5 km race the day before my 88th marathon. This event was crowded with various runners, but one particular male stood out from the crowd—at least in my own mind. He was carrying a young girl, his daughter, on his back. On her back was a huge photo of a child close to 5 years, named Jonathan. My curiosity got the best of me so I asked “Who is Jonathan?”

 With a huge smile on his face the father explained that Jonathan is the son of a friend. This little boy suffered from Muscular Dystrophy. This runner, struggling along carrying his daughter on his back, was running to raise money for Jonathan’s cause.

 

Histopathology of gastrocnemius muscle from pa...

Histopathology of gastrocnemius muscle from patient who died of pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy, Duchenne type. Cross section of muscle shows extensive replacement of muscle fibers by adipose cells. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Immediately I felt compassion toward my fellow-runner and his associations. Every step of the rest of the run, became easier not just because I was thankful for my own health, but I was reminded once again that the people we associate with always teach us valuable lessons if we stay open to them.

Affirmation for today: I am open to learn the lessons that Destiny places in my path. I am grateful that they are timed Divinely

 

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2014-01-22T13:37:43+00:00 January 22nd, 2014|General|

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