Focus on the Good

So this week sucks.

On Sunday, a friend who I met during my time volunteering with Relay For Life, lost her battle to cancer. Stacey was 38, and an amazing, inspirational woman. Not only did she fight her own battle with cancer, she fought everyone’s cancer by working for the American Cancer Society, educating others on cancer prevention, and running on the American Cancer Society DetermiNation team. Sadly, her cancer came back recently, and she passed away on Sunday. But I am thankful I met her. She was very sweet and seemed to be very happy during her short time, even if much of that time was spent battling a terrible disease.

And we all know what happened in Boston yesterday. I’m thankful my two favorite Boston transplants are safe. My cousin is at Boston University (which is near mile 25) and was spectating, and Coach Vera lives in Boston, and was two blocks away when it happened, but thankfully they are both fine.

The world is a crazy place. I’ve stopped trying to understand all the crazy things that happen. Some people get terrible diseases and are survived by their own grandparents. Sometimes, awful things happen at the hand of man, and we can’t begin to understand why. Terrible things happen every single day. It can be overwhelming.

I try to focus on the good stories. The people who live their short life to the fullest, full of joy and love and determination. The people who reach out in someone’s time of need, to give them whatever help they can.

And that’s all we can do. Keep living your life. Keep doing what you love. Keep telling your loved ones that you love them, and spend as much time with them as possible. Keep helping others. When you can give something, give it. Even if it’s just a smile.

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15 Comments on “Focus on the Good”

  1. The main thing that keeps me going when I think about who would do such an awful thing is how awesome the running community is and how much we want to help others. What happened to the victims is horrific, but as a community, we *will* come back stronger.

  2. Sorry for the loss of your friend, sounds like she left an amazing impression in her too short life. Rough week, keeping moving towards the positive.

  3. On my run Tuesday morning I wasn’t feeling all that great during my first mile so I just repeated to myself, over and over, “Some day you won’t be able to do this. Today is not that day.” Focusing on what we CAN do is a great way to face tragedy and sadness.

  4. I am really sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I am right there with you on no longer trying to understand the craziness of the world we live in. Indeed, all we can do is make the best of what we have. We, as runners, do things on a daily basis that some people DREAM of doing – and I keep telling myself that I should never take that for granted.

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