Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, "I will try again tomorrow." Mary Ann Radmacher. I like this quote a lot. I'm a marriage and family therapist so I am a fan of processing and sharing our feelings. Feelings have one desire: to be felt and listened to. I'm a believer in self-compassion and the research states as we are kind to ourselves we gain 'space' and the ability for further growth on our journey. I had a tough moment a few days ago where I just was frustrated with blindness. There were some inconveniences that in that moment I was wishing weren't the case. Steve was there and listened. I shed a few tears (pretty rare at this point) and felt so much better! (Tears have a healing chemical - really!). Dr. Barbara Siple quotes a man with RP: It is much harder going blind than being blind.
We then went for a walk with Cricket and enjoyed a beautiful spring evening.
I like this quote from Steve Hanamura: "Find two or three people who believe in you and make sure they're in your corner at your worst moments." I am so grateful my Steve has been in my corner for 28 years. He tells me I'm in his corner, too. That warms my heart. I reflect with gratitude on the others in my corner there for me throughout the years.
I reflect on another time a few years back when my vision had taken another drop, and I was having a moment of discouragement. Steve and I were in the car, and I felt that support of someone that totally believed in me. It felt like the belief he had in me was transferrable, and I could borrow it until I had regained enough on my own.
We ran together in San Diego - four miles along the bayfront. Amazing. Beautiful in so many ways.
Tonight Steve and I went on our 24-mile bike ride. Such fun. A friend saw us and stopped for a hug and to say hi. Made my night. We cycled further where another friend/colleague's new house is being started. They were there so we got to stop and say hi and celebrate this new beginning for them. Loved that our bike ride was a social event as well.
Marathon preparation with my two friends is going well. I love having a schedule to follow - 4 miles tomorrow as we build back up after our last half-marathon in April prepping for the run in September.