He’s Still Running Strong!
Whenever I take a walk along the beach, I notice that there is an older man who runs each day. He has a sailor’s cap partially covering his face and a black swim suit. He always sports a smile and gives a little salute as he passes. Usually I run along the waves and he runs on the sand dune area of the beach.
One week I realized that I hadn’t seen him. Then, weeks and months went by and he was no longer running. I became concerned that maybe he got COVID or had another ailment and might not be doing well. It made me sad. After all-- he seemed so resilient. Prior to these months he was there every morning.
I also thought how hard that must be if this man learned that he could no longer run. It was a part of his day.
Then one day I looked up to the beach dunes and there he was. He was running as aggressively as ever. He had that same smile and saluted me as he went by—just as he always did.
It’s great to see people that maybe we don’t know that well, but they are part of what we experience each day. We like their smiles, their salutations or just the fact that they are part of our world.
We have all lost people in our lives that we can’t get over they are no longer alive. So take the chance of saying good morning or chatting with someone you meet. After all, they enrich your life and you may be enriching theirs.