6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A little Perspective

PERSPECTIVE is defined as:

The state of one's ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship.

When I was younger I had thoughts, ideas, ways of seeing the world.

Today I am a very different person.

Each day I find that my perspective changes just a bit....

I read a face book post where someone said they were "Having the worst day of their life!" WOW!! Thinking back to the worst day of my life, when my Dad died and the days that followed, I cant imagine what happened to this poor person.. but really it is all about perspective..

If you have never had something truly bad happen to you, you come from a different perspective. The "Worst Day" could be getting in a car accident, having a bad haircut or getting fired... Then there are the EXTREMES people have gone through, like natural disasters, being diagnosed with cancer or worse... Who knows?? Your vision and how you think are shaped by the experiences YOU have had in YOUR life.... YOU, along with your thoughts are constantly changing..... new filters, filters being knocked down, with each step your mind is working overtime..

How does this relate to running???

When I first started running I was out of shape. My first 5K was a HUGE venture. Running the full 5K without stopping was a major source of pride...

While training for Marathons I felt like it was not worth lacing up my shoes unless I was going to run a minimum of 3 miles.

Funny how the same distance can be a MOUNTAIN for one person and a pebble for another...
and in the examples above both of those people are/were ME.

Yesterday I was SLEEPY in the morning so I didn't run, busy mid day and had an event for my Big Girl job after work... I wanted my CHALLENGE to continue, to run every day in December.. I knew that I would be able to fit it in.
The instant I came in the door I kissed Muscle Man, went up the stairs, got changed and started the treadmill.


Just run 1 MILE

This 1 MILE represented me keeping my end of the bargain.

Of reaching for a new goal.

14 days in a row....continued with 1 MILE

8 minutes and 10 seconds later I was done...

There was a time, not so long ago, when I would have run 1 MILE and been disappointed in myself. Yesterday I found a new PERSPECTIVE. It is not about the number of miles I run, the fact that I ran is enough!!! I celebrated that 1 mile :)

Quotes about Perspective:

If you do not raise your eyes
you will think that you are the highest point.
~Antonio Porchia

People who look through keyholes
are apt to get the idea that
most things are keyhole shaped.
~Author Unknown

To really enjoy the better things in life,
one must first have experienced
the things they are better than.
~Oscar Holmolka

The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence,
but you still have to mow it.
~Author Unknown

Is the glass half empty,
half full,
or twice as large as it needs to be?
~Author Unknown

If the only tool you have is a hammer,
you tend to see every problem as a nail.
~Abraham Maslow

A man should never be ashamed to own
he has been in the wrong, which is but saying...
that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
~Alexander Pope

My play was a complete success.
The audience was a failure.
~Ashleigh Brilliant

Expectant of greater things,
We try climbing -
And Higher;
An effort that costs us much,
Leaving us short of breath
To find only
The ground below is much prettier.
~Phillip Pulfrey

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.

It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.

and the one that drives my point home...

We don't see things as they are,
we see them as we are.
Anaïs Nin

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~K~ said...

Great post! Love your point...

Anonymous said...

Great job! Way to keep going with the challenge and way to think outside the box. It really is all about your perspective.

Marlene said...

Look at you go. Every mile counts!

gba_gf said...

2 thoughts on this ~ I had a reality check on Nov 12th of this year (related to running). It changed my perspective on marathons.

The 2nd thought leads to another blog. Have you read The Bloggess post on "Picking your battles"? one of the lines is "Perspective, now you have it."

Amanda - TooTallFritz said...

Great job!! I was wondering if you were able to sqeeze in your mile. And I find as a mom/employee/commuter/wife, etc....I can neither compare myself to others, nor the person I was yesterday. I'm at a point in my life where I really have to take it one day at a time and manage as well as possible for TODAY.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Congrats on that streak. Somedays 1 mile is quite a distance but the real challenge is simply taking that first step. I'm glad for you you choose to!

My point of view on nearly every thing has changed through out the years. I'd like to think that fact proves I'm still learning.

Miriam @ Sometimes Sporty said...

I find changing perspectives difficult for me. I still fight to get college speed when I get on a rowing machine. Thing I realize now is that I was an insanely strong beast in college.

Setting realistic goals and switching them often has helped me adapt to running. Sometimes my goal is time based, or speed based or mileage based. More importantly balanced based. If I start to hate a sport, I step away for a while.

Good job keeping up with the streak.

Anonymous said...

Good post! Thanks.

Laura said...

Oh my gosh, my perspective has changed so much! I used to be so angry, everyone annoyed me, and everything that happened was some universal smack in the face to me. Now, I realize that stuff happens and often there is nothing a can do about it. Getting upset and angry will only hurt me. It won't reverse the situation or solve it quicker. Therefore, no point in getting pissed.

Erika Bradford said...

I think I like the quote about the grass may be greener on the other side, but I still have to mow it. My perspective on running I only battle myself so I only see one perspective. My own. I guess the perspective of I am so grateful I can run, I take into account. No one else can do the running for me. Now as far as perspective on life I ran into a realization. Perspective is necessary. It feeds us wisdom, knowledge, and soothes our feelings. Ok, not ours, mine. Can't speak for you, and everybody. However, when you are going through what you think is a bad day, or year, looking at the "well at least I am not like that person" or "at least my four year old can run and walk", is ok for awhile. But I think saying "this hard and I feel terrible about it" is also necessary. I give my son 2 shots per week. Last week it went bad. I hurt him and he cried hard. I was broken hearted. The perspective of well at least he is ok. He's fine. He's not whatever. But I could still drop a tear if I play it again in my head. My child has a disease, yours has a cold. Your baby still doesn't feel well, and still has to go through it. My suffering doesnt always take away from someone elses. Sorry to ramble.

Nothing is healthy in large amounts, including perspective. Once in awhile, sure, but don't forget to validate you.

chattynatty said...

Love this post! Glad you are keeping up with your challenge.

My perspective changed this past summer when I had an injury which literally limited my running for a month and more importantly initially made me wonder about ability to walk. Then my dad was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma and went through chemo and radiation. Running was no longer something to "gripe or B#T#H about". I got back on the horse and finished training for Chicago with no gripes/no whines/and utter happiness. Sad that it took my dad getting cancer and injuring myself to realize how lucky I am to be able to train for a marathon, but it did change me.

Michelle said...

I think my perspective is always changing based on my day to day experiences. It keeps me sane and balanced, especially this time of year. Great post. Thanks for sharing, as always!

pensive pumpkin said...

I have a heart condition and pass out when my heart stops. In our house we call that "dying on a regular basis." Because as long as you wake up again, it is really not that big a deal.
And if you don't wake up, its not that big a deal either. To you.

Perspective is the most important thing in the universe. Loved this post.

Anonymous said...

Love this. Sometimes you just have to get back to basics!!! I try to remember to celebrate where I am even if a run doesn't go so well or has to be cut short.

Being Robinson said...

love it. i had a similar convo with my husband last night. i've been running about 5 days a week and "only" going 3-4 miles. there was a time i would consider that being a failure and wimpy. now i LOVE running and 3-4 miles makes me perfectly happy. perspective is good :) congrats on that mile, lady!

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