Last month I raced in the Annapolis Zooma Half Marathon. It was an incredibly hot and humid day. My training leading up to the race was not what I would have liked and the race conditions were not optimal. It required me to dig deep, but I didn’t allow myself the option of quitting.
Mile 8 was a turnaround point in the course. After running downhill for at least a mile, this turnaround meant a long climb was ahead of me. Right at the turn, a sign was posted to encourage runners:
“Be happy in this moment. You worked hard to get here.”
What struck me about this encouraging message was that it was not at the finish line. This message on the sign made me pause in the moment, with roughly 5 more miles to run, and be proud of my accomplishment.
I also became mindful on the rest of the run that I was not doing this alone; I had lots of support along the way. From mile 8 to 13.1, there were people along the route cheering me on; a young boy gave me a high-five; a little girl was on the route with a garden hose to cool me off; volunteers were handing me cups of water; there was a dear friend cheering me on as I stepped across the finish line. And, as a result of that message, I started celebrating my accomplishment at mile 8, not at the finish line.
Right now in the divorce process I feel like I did at mile 8. This is difficult and I have not completed the divorce, but I am proud of the progress. I am having to dig deep to find the strength to finish this as well. But the finish line is closer with the progress I continue to make. And best of all, I know have love and support all the way to the end.
I have held on tightly to this inspiring message for over a month and it has helped me through very difficult days. I keep focusing on the progress made instead of becoming overwhelmed with how much further I have to go to complete the divorce. I keep reminding myself daily:
Celebrate where I am at this moment.
Celebrate what I have done to get to where I am right now.
Celebrate the progress I have made.
What have you not completed? Instead of being frustrated, can you celebrate the progress you have made?