“Not Every Day is a Good Day…

…But there is something good in every day.” I heard this quote over the weekend and thought it was a nice sentiment, but a little corny. Then today happened. I woke up feeling a little under the weather. I have a tiny head cold, nothing to stop my training, just enough to have me out of whack. I sure wish that was the worst of it. My swim went well, I made sure I did my flip turns during my warm up and warm down. I did them very imperfectly, but there is room for improvement and that is my goal for March – get the turns down well and be able to flip during my main set by the end of the month.

I am planning on running four miles this evening, it is a beautiful day here – almost 50 degrees. The wind gusts are also up to 50 miles per hour, so I am thinking the treadmill will be my running ground tonight. So much for running again in my new Brooks Pure Cadence shoes tonight. Again, I wish that was the worst thing that happened today.

So why is today not a good day? I live 17 miles from Chardon High School. Today, for a reason no one will ever understand or accept, a student decided to bring a gun to school and use it. He shot five students, killing one boy. I have seen events like this time and again on the news, I never thought it could happen so close to home. But it did. I am not going to editorialize at all about the tragedy. I did not know any of the victims or the shooter, who is in custody. All I know is a family lost their son today. I can look at my day that is not so good and find my good in the day – my training is advancing and I will run out my stress tonight. I hope these students and families are able to find something good in today, a little something to return the peace in their lives. Because as much as their worlds have stopped, the Earth continues to turn and we have to find a way to go on. Blessings may seem small or hidden, but they are there. We just have to keep looking for them.

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

5 thoughts on ““Not Every Day is a Good Day…

  1. I read about this story this morning and my heart aches for all involved. So sorry to learn that you live so close. I live about 25 minutes from the infamous Von Maur shootings. I can still remember where I was at my work when I heard the news and the gravity of the situation sunk in. I think about the parents of all the victims and the parents of the shooter as well. Kids are too young to have to deal with such misery and confusion. I hope you have a good run and can clear some of the bad thoughts out of your head.

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