I think of the words I once read, “Aspire to inspire before you expire”. How true is this? The here and now is all we have to encourage and motivate people, to make a difference in people’s lives, wherever we are and wherever we go.
It is a fact that knowledge is useless and worthless if not shared. We have to share what we know and have learned to give that knowledge the power to touch and change lives. It was Maya Angelow who said, “When you know better you do better.” I definitely don’t see myself as Mr Know It All, not at all, I am learning every day, on every race, but that does not stop me from sharing what I do know with those who are hungry to learn. The knowledge I share mostly has to do with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and for the walkers and runners, tips about breathing, pacing and also to avoid overtraining. I cannot even begin to describe the feeling of utter excitement to see how the people start to excel and become better.
I have recently met Yolandé on the road at ArthroChoice Midrand Striders Half Marathon. She is also a RunWalk for Life “family member” and I was instantly drawn to her enthusiasm and the will to do more, to go further. We were able to share a few kilometres on the race and had a chance to chat about what we do and why we do it. I again realised that we all, runners and walkers alike, have a story to tell. Yolandé is training for her first marathon more than convinced that she is going to hit this one out of the park. Good luck Yolandé !!!
In just over a month from now I will be in Canada where I will enjoy a well-deserved time of rest but in this time I will also meet Canadian athlete Steve O’Brien while he is busy with his cross-Canada Relay for Youth and School Perseverance. I am planning to do a run with him as part of the relay and wherever we arrive do a youth outreach with him, and then, shortly after that I will head back to Toronto where I will take part in the ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. I decided to do this race for charity, and this will be for the Steve O’Brien Foundation. I ask people to support me by donating to this awesome cause and to help Steve “tell his story” in this special way. This is just again my way of “Making miles and moments count” even if I will find myself 13,300km away from home.
My friend Karen ( from Canada ) and I have also teamed up, even if we are so far apart, to assist Steve with things that need to be done, creating some awareness for his cause, just taking hands with this awesome guys. He is a man on a mission and we are proud to be a part of it. I heard yesterday that we are also going to spend Thanksgiving with Steve; how amazing to be able to welcome him into our “family”. God sure has a way to make thing work out for the good.
I want to encourage you to also make a difference when and where you can. Do not wait for the right time, the right time is now. I always think of the 2000 movie, “Pay it forward” In this movie little Trevor conjures the notion of paying a favour not back, but forward, repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds done to three new people. Your action can spark a chain of good deeds and lives can be changed because of that single deed of kindness you have done. If you have a story to tell, tell it, it your life was changed, share it, and remember; the right time is now!
While I am on the topic of “touching lives” and “paying it forward” I am thinking of my dear friend Karen who also has her own story to tell and she decided to take up the pen and write about it; her way of sharing it with the world. Her book, “It’s my time” was published a while ago and this gives her such a unique platform to take her story to wherever people are. In her book. Find out more about her HERE and find out how she lost more than 127kg and how her life was changed, in fact, totally transformed.
I thank God for every single opportunity I have to be involved in the lives of people, for every opportunity I have to share my story and help others also to love the best possible life they can. Share your life and what you have received because you never know when someone will be touched by it, inspired to do the same and imagine the chain reaction that can be triggered just because you decided to share your story.