Saturday, July 2, 2011

An Impressive Lady

 A while back, I came across an article online in Runners World about Serena Burla. She had run the New York City Marathon in November 2010 along with 55,000 other runners including myself. What caught my eye was that Serena ran the marathon after having surgery for a rare cancer in her leg which resulted in her losing a major muscle that makes up a good part of the hamstring.

Click here for the link to the article.

The article points out that Serena had never run a marathon before but that she wasn't nervous. They quote her as saying, "I was just so happy to be there, and felt so blessed, that the outcome didn't matter to me." (She finished in 2:37 which is pretty darn impressive.)

I loved that quote about just being happy and feeling blessed. You hear that often from people who have had a brush with mortality in some form. It definitely helps one to wake up and appreciate the present moment.

I did a search for Serena on the web before I started this article. I am happy to report that she is still running. And, she hasn't lost her joy for life. Here is a blog post on the Mizuno site by Serena from earlier this month. She writes about some joyful experiences running in the rain. A great reminder that we always have a choice on how we view situations through our filters. Whether it be a serious illness or a rainy day, we can see the hindrances or look for that silver lining.

Back to quilting that marine biology quilt! :)

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