Yesterday, I ran the Indianapolis Monumental Half-Marathon and I always feel blessed every time I step to the start line. Running is not easy and I am certainly not a natural. I actually did not start running until about 8 years ago, so I always say-"age is just a number and you are never too old to start something new." ;)
As I step into my corral at any race, one of the first things I do is scan those around me and pause in a brief moment of awe of the various sizes, shapes, and ages of the mass of runners. Yesterday, my eye was caught by a mother and who I would perceive as her young son. They were reviewing their plan incase they would become separated during the run. The boy could not have been older than 12. That was my first moment of awe. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE seeing kids participating. When he turned around, I could read the back of his shirt..."It doesn't get easier, you just get STRONGER." What a POWERFUL MESSAGE and one that resonates with me personally and my mission.
We look to tasks whether it be exercise, writing a paper, resisting temptations, or learning vocabulary words and want them to be easy. But, we forget that when we face those challenging tasks or situations with a determined mind, PURPOSE, commitment to give our best effort, and a willingness to sweat/change and even fail a few times, only then will it SEEM EASIER because we are ACTUALLY STRONGER! We can be STRONG IN EVERY WAY!
P.S. I don't think it was coincidence that I had the pleasure of being passed a few times along the way by this young boy. He must have known just the right moments I needed a little reminder that NOTHING EASY will make us STRONGER!