What was I thinking?
This week our lead Mud Hero Michelle, in preparation for the big event, asks herself: what was I thinking?
The Mud Hero event is less than a month away. Less than a month. To go over and under 16 obstacles while running 6 kms including a dash up a steep ski hill. When I consider this, I become overwhelmed and think about the fact that I’m on the wrong side of 30 to be participating in this challenge. What was I thinking?!? Let me tell you about what I was thinking.
I was thinking about the young mother with her newborn infant trying to settle in to a homeless shelter, scared and uncertain relying on the services that are provided. I was thinking about the man who has been judged for his mistakes many times yet has not lost his faith in being able to make positive improvements in his life with the proper supports in place.
I think of the woman battling a severe addiction, whose freedom may depend on her ability to avoid a return to substance abuse, speaking with the professional staff at the facility. I was thinking about the man who called an emergency shelter “home” for many years turning the key to his apartment, ending his cycle of homelessness and his gratitude to the people who helped make this possible for him. I was thinking of the person experiencing suicidal ideation that reaches out to the staff and gets connected to the help they need to carry on. I also think of the staff who wish that they could do more, give more to the clients in our facilities.
So when I get overwhelmed, am tired and sore or want to take the day off from a run or gym session, I see the faces of the people that I’ve worked with over the years, I pull myself together and get out there. There are so many people who have been able to benefit from the services and support provided at each and every facility operated by Shelter Nova Scotia, whose mission is to have no human being fall through the cracks but we can’t do it alone! Please take a moment and give generously to support our team of Heroes so we can do more for the people that walk through the doors of each of our facilities and help support the success of our clients.
Thanks for putting life’s little problems into perspective for us Michelle. If you would like to contribute to the efforts of any of our Mud Heroes, you can click here and help make a difference in a person’s life.