I had forgotten they even existed. It has been so long since they have appeared. But immediately I knew they were back. I couldn’t believe it. It was just what I needed on this challenging run. My pockets of goodness returned.
Running early in the morning, it is often really humid – as if the earth has held all the moisture at my height. It can be thick enough to cut it with a knife, or so it seems. These make for challenging mornings. But as fall begins to appear, even if just a glimpse, there are these little air pockets that also appear. It is as if I am slogging along on my run and all of a sudden, I run through a small area that has a noticeable temperature difference – as if someone turned the air conditioner on in just this little area. It is surprisingly refreshing. I call these little events “pockets of goodness”. I feel them at just the right time and it energizes me to keep going.
Now, before you think I have lost my mind (I probably have), this happens early in the run too. So it isn’t as if I have gone delusional from the miles. These puffs of cooler air truly are pockets of goodness on an otherwise challenging day.
These are not the only pockets of goodness, though. I appreciate these because I can feel their instant relief. But I wonder how many are right around us and we haven’t paid attention. I wonder if there are pockets of goodness in an otherwise difficult day that keep us going. Could it be the phone call or the smile or the card? Could it be the text or the good meal or just the kindness of a stranger? When times are especially difficult, we should be looking out for these pockets of goodness. They are there, we just need to look out for them. And here’s a thought…if we don’t feel a pocket of goodness, maybe we should be one.
May goodness and mercy surround you today.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.
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