You Win Some, You Lose Some

My day started out with a craptastic run. It was not pretty. I was not pretty. And, admittedly, there were tears — of frustration, though, not of pain. In fact, I may have even cried when I was in the shower. But once I got out of the shower, I was determined to make the most of the day — while only kinda dwelling on the missing 10 miles from my running log. So, in an effort to appreciate the gifts that I have been given, I’d like to take just a few minutes and recognize the day’s wins:

  1. I got to run 2 miles. Some people can’t. Some people don’t know the joy that a run — even a short one — can bring. Sure, it wasn’t 12. But it was two. And for that, I am grateful.
  2. My barefoot shoes appear to help the ankle/foot situation. When I have them on, I walk with no pain. I haven’t done any major running in them — one 5k and a couple of for-fun short runs and walks. But I’m thinking it’s time to make the transition more real/permanent.
  3. I took a two-hour nap. I woke up at 4:30 this morning in anticipation of my long run. When that didn’t happen, I just went about my day. So, by the time the afternoon rolled around, I was ready for a rest. And I took it. Naps are wonderful gifts.
  4. My oldest friend stopped by for a visit with her son. We’ve been friends since before either of us could talk. Our shared history reminds me how wonderful true friendship can be.
  5. My friend’s son, Jack, is adorable. He turned 2 this summer. And it was so fun chasing him around the farm, watching him feed the chickens and letting him play on the tractors. Made me realize how much I can’t wait to have kids of my own one day to introduce to the wonders of the farm.
  6. Jack is just learning to talk, and he babbled on and on for practically the whole time. Some things I couldn’t understand, but when he was in the mudroom saying “Holy shit, holy shit, holy shit” for five minutes straight, I almost peed my pants. I realize that parents are horrified when their kids pick up swear words. As an aunt, I find nothing funnier.
  7. When I was walking my friend to her car, she said: “Holy crap, girl, you have some big calves. Must be from all the running.” Now, a word like “big” describing part of my body used to send me into a horrible period of self-hatred. But these calves? Yeah, I work hard for them. And they work hard for me. So. Proud.
  8. It’s apple season on the farm, and I get to eat all the free, glorious, fresh Ginger Golds I can.
  9. My youngest nephews, Caleb and Gage, give the world’s most amazing hugs. When I walked into their house, they gave me giant hugs and then Caleb quickly said, “Hey, what about that bleu cheese?” When he heard I was going to eat bleu cheese for dinner last night, he wanted to try it since his favorite color is blue. I forgot to take it to him this afternoon so that means another visit tonight!
  10. My mom’s homemade bread. Dipped in her homemade marinara. Enough said.

My list? Ten to one ratio of good to bad. How can I complain about that? See? It’s important to realize that no matter how bad things may seem, there is always, always, something to smile about.

Kimi Joy

How can I not smile? Life is good.



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2 responses to “You Win Some, You Lose Some

  1. This Rosebud really makes good use of her “rose colored glasses”. I’m glad!


  2. Pingback: Race Recap: Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run « That's All Joy Wrote

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