That posted on Friday, mid-afternoon. I wrote about how I felt like George Bailey from "It's A Wonderful Life", when he felt isolated and weary. Almost instantly, some of you wrote in encouraging me...that was so wonderful and made me feel much better.
Here is what happened next:
- On Friday at 4pm, our friend stopped by to take our daughter out for a special treat and invited my wife to a party on Sunday (with about 50 good friends). Total surprise.
- On Friday afternoon: other friends called to invite us over on Christmas Day.
- On Saturday afternoon: some friends stopped by unexpectedly with cookies! They invited us to dinner on Thursday night.
- On Sunday afternoon: another friend invited us to join their family on Christmas Eve.
- On Sunday night: We recently started a bible-study group for college students to run until Christmas. They just told us that they want to keep it going indefinitely! Good times.
- On Monday morning: another friend called to check in and say hello. Maybe a bike ride this week?
But I should add...virtually none of my close friends (the people above) even know I have this blog. And realistically, the very few that know about the blog ever read it. I think that no one above read my post.
|George Bailey with family...and friends!|
So, I thank all of you...
- those of you who assured me that it would be fine.
- those of you who said some mileage would do me good.
- those of you who said that I should count and re-count my blessings.
- all of you who came alongside me, like good friends do for each other.
Also, I rode 12.5 miles this afternoon and I rode another 2 miles to a friend's house tonight. My goal is to ride 56 miles and run/walk 13.1 miles by Christmas Eve, midnight. Only 41.5 miles left on the bike, but I'd better get on the running miles.
Join me in this challenge, if it fits your schedule for this week.