During my workouts and through the day I think of what I would like to blog about. This morning I had a good idea during my swim workout. While I was talking with a few ladies in the locker room I began to firm up the topic in my mind. Then the news hit this morning of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, CT. When children are shot and killed just by being in school, it is heart breaking. When most of them are kindergarteners, tears come easier than words. In light of this, I have decided to stay on my chosen topic, with deeper meaning now.
This morning I got two workouts in and was on my way to work before the tragedy began. I went to spin class and then swam. Several of my friends were in spin, although we were spread through out the room since several of the bike computers do not work. After class, four of us met in the pool and swam a workout together. Having friends around me in spin is encouraging. I tend to work harder knowing I am with others who are pushing it too. Since I started swimming with a group, I am swimming faster. Friends help us. Friends encourage us to be and do our best. Friends are extra support when we can not stand alone. Having good friends also motivate us to be a good friend in return.
In Newtown today there are many people who need the support, encouragement, and prayers of friends. Today is a horrible reminder to count our blessings, appreciate each day we are given, and put our own struggles into perspective. A day like today is one of the most difficult days to find something good. I heard a news commentator say earlier that sometimes the worst actions of a few bring out the best in many. It is my prayer that the best that comes out sticks, because that is the good that we need today.