12 to 34 – A day at the races

I did say I run on Saturdays, right? Drove to Eersterust this morning for their Annual 21. I opted to run in the 10km race though since I didn't feel confident about my knee. It was a premature decision I have to admit because I ran just fine, so much so, I went to go run the nearby Botanical Garden Parkrun afterwards 🙈... I'm a sucker for this aren't I?

Eersterust was just fantastic and the club hosted a great run through the township - it's a really nice place. Botanical Garden was one of the toughest Parkruns I've ever run, they have these two very steep climbs (and it's a lapped race, so make that climbs). It's a beautiful park, I think I would have appreciated it more had I not been full of regret of why I ran a second run in the same morning. Nonetheless, I'm proud of my achievement and grateful that this running madness brought me to these beautiful parts North of Gauteng.

For some reason I couldn't sleep when I got back home... so I started a book: Paulo Coelho's Manuscript found in Accra. It's been such a good read so far, like wisdom per minute... I mean:

"Scars are medals branded on the flash, and your enemies will be frightened by them because they are proof of your long experience of battle... Scars speak more loudly than the sword that caused them." ~ Paulo Coelho

This was from a chapter about dealing with defeat. Strangely enough (Facebook's On This Day type of strange), on this day last year this time, I was reading Rick Warren's The purpose driven life and he reminded us about what scripture says about experience:

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT)

So, don't look at your life scars as failures, consider them medals. And don't be surprised when others are drawn to you, they need comfort and patience from you. They want to know how you did it, how you 'got out' and survived.