Better Things

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” -Marilyn Monroe

Running around after four children is my combination of joy and exhaustion. I miss the days where I could blog every night, yet realize my new days are spent in what I call real time. Instead of reflecting on the past (which is healing and necessary after sudden loss) I am now in a place where each minute of the day is filled with real-time needs, questions, activities, to-do lists, supper making recipes, dish-washing duties, slots for exercise, story-time, family-time, marriage-time, home-work time (thanks to grad school)–where the inventory of motion and sometimes commotion really has no end.

I hope it doesn’t sound like I am complaining. In fact, for the first time in several years I have a peace about the place I reside. A place where “better things can fall together.” A place where both the past and present can live.

Speaking of running…I went to a spinning class at the YMCA last night and the instructor was encouraging the group to run in the Shawn Silvera 5K Memorial Run. Many people from class showed an interest and a couple of people told me they are going to sign up to run. The experience reminded me that real time and before time can blend. And when our past and present line up together better things can happen.

I am proud to be running in the race this upcoming Saturday, August 25, 2012. The run will support two remarkable charities: MN COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors), a group that helps families heal after a line-of-duty death and College Possible, an organization that helps underprivileged students achieve college.

I invite anyone who has had a piece of life fall apart to come and run with me. My wish for you is to find your real time and your real place for a moment that makes a real difference. I believe better things can happen.

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