Monday, November 14, 2011

Magical Moment 592, "Unexpected Applause"

I'd let my morning run slip by for far too long. But today, my running shoes were giving me the evil eye. And so was Joy, my running buddy. The sun was out, the weather was perfect, what excuse did I have to let another day go by?

Only a few minutes into my run though, I felt those missed opportunities catching up to me, taunting me as I struggled up a hill. "I'm just gonna have to face it," I thought, "This is gonna be a slow run."

It was just then that I heard applause. The 4 sharp claps cut through the music that was blaring into my ears through my headphones. Puzzled, I glanced to my right. An older gentleman, the owner of a local bakery, was standing on the sidewalk outside his shop, apron and all. When we made eye contact, he gave me a thumbs up and a great big smile. I returned his smile and picked up the pace a little. And I held my faster pace all the way home. I didn't want him to catch me slowing down. Bet he didn't think that small act would actually make my day.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” 
- John Quincy Adams

Eddie, Joy, and I after a 5K race we ran last month


15 comments:

Birdie said...

What a nice 'warm fuzzy" for your day. :-)

Dawn said...

I COMPLETELY understand that applause! It does something to you doesn't it?:)

TexWisGirl said...

fabulous gift that man gave you!

Hilary said...

What an unexpected gift. I bet he makes someone's day semi often. That kind of person usually does.

Steve Gravano said...

Great moment.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

(((((((hugs to Joy doggy ))))))--hey, you have a Nebraska hat! NIiiiice :)

Linda said...

He sounds like a guy worth knowing. I hope you'll stop by his bakery some day and tell him what his little gesture did for you.

Rick said...

Can you imagine what the world would look like if everyone did something like this for a complete stranger just once a day ?

Leonora said...

That's a GREAT quote and it goes perfectly with your day!

Laurie Kolp said...

Those little things mean so much. He was like an angel inspiring you to keep on.

roobo69 said...

I remember one of my fastest training runs was when a big hulking dog barked from behind a fence as I ran by. With adrenaline coursing through me I sped home... Yours sounds like a much more pleasant motivator.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is the sweetest thing ever!!!! I am so glad you were inspired by your new friend. It would take more than applause for me to run, but I could easily walk for a clap or two. :)

Dave King said...

Excellent stuff. Deserved moment.

Slamdunk said...

Glad you experience a good "little thing." Though I pride myself in having a good kick to finish, hearing someone applaud and scream for me helps me find extra.

Glad you ran on Monday--as I imagine you all are getting the same rain we are.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

It is wonderful to hear the applause! Encouragement