Running the mile

I often want what I’ve done to mean something and make a significant difference in another’s life. Recently I started summer school and in Physical Education we are required to run a mile every Wednesday. Today was the first Wednesday… I had to run a mile. Even though I finished in the time that the state considers “Healthy” I was not satisfied with my results. I knew a few friends who sought better times as well. My time yesterday was 11:15 and throughout the day I was thinking about what I could do to condition myself for my goal of running a mile in less than 10 minutes. However, I had promised my best friend (who sought to improve her time from 14 to 12 minutes) that I’d stick by her side the following miles. After putting some thought into it I found that in order for us both to reach our goals, we were going to have to motivate each other. That evening I sent her a text saying, “Hey, you’re going to run that mile in 12 minutes, I’m committed and we aren’t going to give up.” So tomorrow, Friday, the following week, and the two weeks after that we are going to practice our endurance and we are going to push each other. We both have our goals in mind and we’ll reach them alongside each other. You can make a difference in another person’s life. It doesn’t have to be something huge. It might just be a smile, but you will be forever changed knowing that you helped them out.
Challenge: If you know someone who could use a little extra attention, go fill their gap with an act of generosity. (Notice generosity is different than an act of kindness.) J

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