One of my very favorite things about the month of March, is that my Girls on the Run club kicks off!
Girls on the Run is an amazing program that reaches out to girls in third, fourth, and fifth grade. The program teaches girls how to battle peer pressure, how to stand up to bullies, and encourages the girls to be leaders. Girls on the Run also teaches girls to have a healthy self image- using running as a way to keep our minds, bodies, and spirits happy and healthy.
Yesterday was our first practice of the season… It was filled with nervous laughter, bright excited eyes, and shy smiles shared between soon-to-be new friends. It was a time shared together- getting to know one another and learning how we all connect to one another and bring different qualities to the table, making our team one complete unit.
The girls worked hard on creating puzzle pieces to show off their unique qualities, working together to put them all together to have one, final product. They discussed, and debated with one another, encouraged the quieter girls to speak up and join in. And I sat there…looking on watching them get to know each other and learn to work together…with goosebumps on my arms.
This is what the world needs more of. More of kindness and nervous laughter. More bright eyed excitement spurred by trying something new. More shy smiles being exchanged as you come across new people, reaching out to make new friends. More teamwork and collaboration. More encouragement and compassion. More teamwork and unity. There is already enough ugliness in the world…we can choose to not be a part of it.
I sat there thinking all this, watching these intelligent, thoughtful young ladies begin setting the foundation for their team, our new family. Knowing just what I hope to teach them this spring season as we run our hearts out together…