05 Dec Slice of Life: Running for a Reason #SOL17
This was my third year running the half-marathon for St. Jude and once again I was truly humbled by the generosity and optimism of the families I met throughout the weekend. I was touched by the power of story, their stories and commitment to St. Jude’s mission. It is truly overwhelming to slow down and hear these stories, feel these stories and appreciate the strength behind these stories.
This year I ran with a friend who works at St. Jude. As part of her role, she gets to know families and helps each family share their story with other families. These are stories of joy, stories of setbacks, stories of triumphs and stories of loss. I asked her to share a story of a child or family with me as we ran each mile together on Saturday. While we ran each mile in honor of that child or family – sending them strength, hope, and love with each stride – we were the ones, however, who were lifted up through these stories.
St. Jude celebrates the power of story. It amazes me each year how the power of story transforms what could be viewed as tragic, hopeless and unfair to perseverance, inspiration, and gratitude. Where do these families find this strength in the face of adversity? I wonder what gives them the strength to inspire and see greatness where others might see misfortune. They choose to focus on the positive and come together as a community, and together they find strength.
This weekend I ran for a reason, but it reminded me that we must all live for a reason. As teachers, we must teach for a reason and inspire our students to learn for a reason. As parents, we must help our children think about and find their reason in life.