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More tips for Military Families #115

Tip #115 – Community Events

This past weekend was the Half Marathon Army run in Ottawa.  I would love to tell you that I ran the entire thing in record time but in fact my role was that of supporter and providing the ‘whoops’ and encouragement.  On Sunday my children, in-laws, friends and I headed down to cheer on our family members and friends running the race.  It was inspirational.  My kids got a sense of community and doing something that is challenging for others and yourself.  We all got caught up in watching the most amazing people go across the finish line.  I realized that it was renewing our hope that anything is possible.  Everyone needs those moments of hope.  There were seniors, young children, Vetrans, military members, men, women, people with various disabilities or injuries and all of us shared the hopefulness of the moment.

Even if directly participating isn’t for you, attend.  Get out and discover you community.  Your goal this week should be to go on the internet and search for events happening in your local community.  There are always plenty of them at the local MFRC (Military Family Resource Centres) or Family Readiness Centres.  Be a part of something bigger than yourself or your family and remind everyone that the world is full of amazing people doing amazing things.  It will renew and inspire you even in the most stressful of times.

Below is a picture of my husband just about the cross the finish line.  You don’t have to run a marathon but get out and be with your community especially when it is an event where you are all sharing a common goal or purpose.  It will help you to feel hopefulness which we can all do with having a little more of.

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3 Responses

  1. Great tip Megan! It was a lot of fun. We definately want to keep doing events like these – what an amazing atmosphere of achievement, comradery and community.

  2. Very nice article. I like it so much.

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