i have a tradition of running 10 miles on thanksgiving. when i’m spending the holiday in massachusetts, i run with my usual group of friends and when i’m in missouri, i run with my big brother. both places bring me happiness. it gives me a chance to be thankful for my friends and health before i spend the holiday with my family and all the unhealthiness of overeating.
this year, i can’t run my usual 10 miles. i want to be angry about my stupid foot and the fact that my tradition will be broken. however i’m forcing myself to see the silver lining in the boot on my foot. this stupid injury has given me the opportunity to discover things i wouldn’t have otherwise appreciated. more specifically, i am discovering the generosity and kindness of my friends and learning how to lean on the community of friends that surround me.
I do not like to ask for help or rely on other people. However, my mobility has been drastically reduced for almost four weeks now and I have had to ask for help in many ways.
From rides from co workers to help getting up stairs, I’ve needed assistance throughout every day. I’ve been blessed to see that when I have been in need, friends have helped me out. Even when there hasn’t been a need, per se, people have been there to simply make my injury a little more bearable.
Last weekend a friend picked up Piper and I to take us to coffee, just to get out of the house and ease my restlessness. Another friend drove 40 miles out of her way to give me a ride home from work. And yet another friend chose to ditch her trail run at just to get on a bike trainer at 515am to ride for 1.5 hr, which is rather miserable, just so I had some company.
Not only have I enjoyed the kindness of these offers, I have also realized the humility of accepting these offers. to ask for help requires a certain amount of humility. to accept an offer of help, even though you may not desperately need it, also requires humility.
i can’t quite say I’m thankful for my broken foot, however i can say that i’m very thankful for the community of people that surrounds me and i’m thankful that my silly foot allows me to see and better appreciate this community.