Your alarm goes off at 4:30am and its Monday morning. You drag yourself out of bed and yawn at the thought of getting ready to run this early. Then you remember Pete. Your promise. You saw him last week and when you parted ways, he said he couldn’t wait to see you on Monday. You think of Pete as you look yourself in the mirror. Brush your teeth. Tie your shoelaces. Each motion that follows is motivated more and more by the thought of people like Pete. It’s now 5:30am. The sun begins to peak over the horizon. You’re welcomed with hugs and smiles. Everyone gathers for a prayer. All arms are linked to form a circle. All heads are bowed, “Who woke us up this morning? God. Grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change. The courage to change the things we can. And the wisdom to know the difference. God’s Will, not ours, be done. Amen.” Hands in the middle, “Back on My Feet, CC!”
You forget the time. You forget about your assignment that you stayed up the night before to finish. You forget about the day ahead of you. You focus on running. You focus on encouraging the members. You focus on how you can make their day, not yours.
Success isn’t about who can run the most miles or the fastest pace. It isn’t about who has the best sneakers or greatest matching outfits. It’s not based on test scores or economic status. It’s not comparing whose house or car or life is better. Success to Back on My Feet is about self-confidence. It’s about reaching self-actualization. If you can answer yes to the question “Do you feel good about yourself?” then you’re on the right track to reaching success.
Every person has their story. Memories of times in pain and experiences in joy. Those stories shape a person’s beliefs, values, and lifestyle. The choices they make. And their attitudes during life’s daily tasks. It’s more of a challenge, if you try to do it alone. It’s less of a challenge when you conquer it with others by your side, cheering you on.
These are testimonies from Back on My Feet members:
“I really enjoy my job; every aspect of it. It’s a lot of hard work and I work long days but I wouldn’t want it any other way. And I appreciate Back on My Feet helping me find employment and helping me reach so many goals that I never thought were possible!”
“It’s about running, but it’s bigger than running, because the program helps you get your life back together.” -Samuel
“Back on My Feet helped me with discipline, responsibility, and gave me much needed confidence. Running with the team helps me feel so much better about myself!” -Carole