By Diane Hiller
Thank you Daisy Dash, for reminding me about the rules of life. I only have one complaint. What’s with all the hills? Oh that’s right, we live in Clarendon Hills. I’m the one in the middle of the photo with the white hat, gasping for air to get to the finish line.
It’s not like I’m making excuses or anything but I’m not an avid runner or athlete. Before training, I was running once a week in the summer only. I started training about four weeks ago doing 8-11 miles a week and was injured two weeks into it. I was told to get an x-ray (which I didn’t) and no more running until the race (which I did.) So I toughed it out and ran today but did terribly.
It’s funny but I really don’t feel so bad about it. At least I’m able to run and finish a race. I like to run because it is hard for me. It makes other areas of my life easier to get through because of the discipline of running.
I was in a workshop downtown recently for grant writing. I was speaking to a woman next to me about the economy and how hard it is right now, with lots of roadblocks for nonprofits and for many people and families, as well. She was from an organization on the south side of Chicago and knew a thing or two about roadblocks. But instead of agreeing with me or chiming in herself, she put her hand on mine and said, “Stop thinking of them as road blocks, they are opportunities for you that are opening up and you are lucky to have them.”
I remembered her words as I struggled today to finish the race. I realized my running parallels life in so many ways, I decided to share my list of do’s and don’ts:
- If you can’t run, walk for a while. Don’t beat yourself up when you fail to live up to your expectations. Walk, then run, but don’t give up just because it’s hard.
- When an outstretched hand offers you water, take it. You don’t know where or if the next one is coming. Oh, and don’t forget to run through the sprinkler too, it will cool you off and makes you feel like a kid again. Accept kindness and laugh once in a while. Don’t take life too seriously.
- Smile and thank the volunteers in the race. Giving is as good as getting so don’t forget to pay it back in some way. Volunteer for something in your community that may not be the charity “du jour” but could really use your help.
- Pay attention to road blocks on the route. They are there to guide us in the right direction. We think our road blocks in life are stopping us, but they are really there to open up opportunities for change and growth. My workshop friend was right.
- When life hands you lemons…take a big bite, spit out the seeds and be glad you are alive to enjoy another beautiful day in paradise!
Now here is your chance to pay it forward – the Clarendon Hills Historical Society really needs your help. We are selling tickets to our Daisy Raffle; the drawing extended to July 18th. Tickets are $10 dollars each and can be purchased at the Clarendon Hills Bank, the Clarendon Hills Library, Quinn’s Coffee Shop and Ashley’s Stationary in town. We will also be selling them at Dancin' in the Streets concerts. Please buy a ticket or two and help us continue our work on Heritage Hall. We are also in need of volunteers to help us input our inventory and photos into a digital database. It’s fun and easy to do! For Daisy Raffle Tickets or to volunteer, please call me at 630-915-5009 or drop me an email at DianeHiller@yahoo.com. Thank you!
And thank you to the Daisy Dash volunteers for making it a great race!