Thanks to all of you who have sent me messages and comments. I have learned that sometimes it is better to say (or write) little, and let your actions speak louder than your words and the words of others.
All that I am going to say is that even though change can be difficult, change can also be good, and change can be necessary. When something is not working for you, even when you really want to make it work, the smart thing to do is to make a change.
Referring back to my last post on choices, I choose to focus my time and attention on all of the joys and blessings and incredible people in my life. I choose to be optimistic and hopeful and to see the best in people. I choose to let go of hurt. I choose kindness. I choose to use my life to do good and to lift up others. I choose peace and joy. I choose to smile.
And I sure as heck choose to keep doing what I love and to keep chasing after my dreams. I have all of the love, support, and encouragement that I need. I have the work ethic and determination that I need. And now I will have the guidance and plan that I need. The goal is the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials, however the joy is in all of the experiences along the way, in the love of the run, and in the journey of discovering how good I can be.
"That's what running does to lives. It's not
just exercise. It's not just achievement. It's a daily discipline that
has nothing to do with speed, weight, social status, sexual orientation,
political affiliation, where you live, what car you drive, or whether
anyone anywhere loves you. It's about the slow and painful process of
being the best you can be." - Martin Dugard
the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have
strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in
the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you." -Walt Disney
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt
"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." - Dalai Lama
"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one." - John Wooden
"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work." - Colin Powell