Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Coutesy and Poo on the Shoo

First let's talk about courtesy. How many of you do activities outdoors? And, do you pass others who are enjoying their outdoor activities? I LOVE running on the running path about a 1/4 mile away from my house. I pass many other runners, bikers, walkers, and day jont-ers. I do my best to give a little smile and wave at those I pass. I figure they are out there enjoying themselves and working hard and a little encouragement can always go a long way. Well, I've had a tremendous variety of reactions. Some people smile and wave, some people look away, some just ignore. I've actually had a couple of people roll their eyes and mumble under their breath. I assume they were mumbling toward me since they were looking right at me. Not sure if what I was wearing offended them, or just me being in their way. I've even had one guy turn around and tell me (after I took out my head phones) he loved my tattoo.
Out of all the reactions I have received while running, there is one that sticks out in my mind; I had just started jogging/walking, and it was obvious that I was struggling. I passed a woman who had obviously been running for some time. I gave a small smile and small wave. She responded with a HUGE smile and a resounding, "You're doing amazing!!!" I'm not sure how she knew it, but that was the encouragement that I needed. It helped me finish my jog, and it still helps motivate me to this day. So now every time I pass people on the path I do my best to give them a genuine smile and a little encouragement.



As for Poo on the Shoo; During my run today, I almost stepped in a HUGE pile of doggie poo. I noticed it at the last second and was able to stubble around it. But there was one person that wasn't so lucky. That unlucky poo covered sole had laid a messy, squishy path quite a ways down the path. I had to wonder to myself, "Was it one of those who rolled their eyes at me?"

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5 comments:

safire said...

Ugh at least you avoided running into poop. I can't believe people roll their eyes at you!

I haven't started running outside yet but i do plan to!

sammy said...

Oh I would love if the poo was on the eye rollers shoes!!

Your comment gave me inspiration this morning ... I'm going for a run this morning with a friend and have been struggling as it is cold, and foggy and just not nice ... but now I'm about to leave. Thanks Lisa!

ThunderThighs said...

I can't believe people would actually roll their eyes at you for just being nice. Jerks. That lady was awesome, though! And how horrible that the owner's of that dog didn't clean his mess up! Unless it was a homeless man like we have around here. Hmmmmmm...

Lisa Mancini said...

You have to realize that I DO NOT look the part that people here expect. I have a large 3/4 sleeve tattoo, a monroe (facial piercing), unfortunatly many people around this area judge extremely around here. That's ok though. *shrug and smile*

Faith said...

That's just rude!! What we look like on the outside isn't a good judge of who we are on the inside.