'tis the season, right?
Actually, it's the Advent season....those 24 days leading up to Christmas Day. Whether you celebrate the Christmas holiday or not, there's plenty of good cheer and well wishes among many this time of year. It's also a time to think back on the year, reflect on things to be thankful for, and also prepare for the upcoming New Year.
Here's the first five words and what they mean to me:
Ah, how does this word NOT inspire anyone? This word was the perfect inspiration for me on my streak run last Sunday. The sunshine was intense! The air was crisp. It was a perfect day to be a runner, and it was an ideal day to be outside.
|Awakened by the sunshine|
Wow. I have been on quite a journey this year. We all know what happened to me just as summer (my favorite season!) was beginning. And, I have written numerous posts about recovering from that unexpected surgery, the 3-month running sabbatical, and my journey back to running in recent months. I had five races to welcome me back this fall...and each one was significant in terms of distance and progressive pacing.
|This medal represents an epic journey back to running and racing|
Did you know I'm an art geek? I'm also quite nostalgic, so when things break down or (in the case of our ficus tree) die, I'm pretty skilled at finding a new purpose for them. Instead of throwing out the ficus tree, I gave it a coat of black paint and turned it into a shabby-chic piece of art for our sun room. Every Christmas, I gather a different set of ornaments to decorate it for the holiday season.
|A new combination of gathered ornaments for 2017|
Running is not complicated. It's a sport that brings joy to so many people. Whether we run fast or slow, inside or outside, short courses or long distances...it cleanses our soles and brings us peace. This quote by John "The Penguin" Bingham says it all. Doesn't it simplify this thing we call Running?
Boy, do I know a thing or two about healing. That scar on my knee is not very pretty to look at, but it represents a huge victory for me. Allowing it to heal properly enabled me to have a pretty epic return to running. Being sidelined from what we love only magnifies our respect and appreciation for it that much more.
|the power of healing is phenomenal|
Where do you find inspiration? Do you have to look for it, or do key words/prompts do the trick? Do you do anything special for Advent?
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I'm linking this with Meranda and Lacey and Rachel for the Friday Five 2.0.