MONDAY MOTIVATION | Cause and Purpose

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I’m inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today as we honor his birthday. I reflect on that famous March on Washington fifty years ago and how of all things MLK and the civil rights activists could have done they chose to walk. Telethons, fundraisers, sit-ins, boycotts, flash mobs, egg-throwing, looting, none of that happened. Instead they walked.
There’s power in numbers and active displays of beliefs. It’s hard to ignore. Fifty years later we are still talking about that great March on Washington.

I truly believe this one of the reasons why people run/walk for cancer and raise money for charities. I realize that civil rights and cancer are not the same thing, but the organized walk/run serves the same purpose. Organized races are a silent, pubic display of one’s beliefs whether those beliefs are in the benefits of exercise or for cancer research. Running/walking provides a time for reflection. It challenges the participants physically. The witnesses are inspired. There’s a sense of camraderie, pride, and hope.

Running the NYC Marathon with Fred’s Team and raising money for cancer research was a great first step, and I plan on being more involved this year. I learned a lot and you can read about my experience here. However, this year I also hope I find something else I’m so passionate about that I’ll want to walk down Broadway hand-in-hand with my neighbor declaring something boldly or fighting for something.

I challenge you to do the same. Whether it’s walking/running for weight-loss, cancer research, fun, or social change do it with purpose. Set an intent and pursue it daily because a life without purpose isn’t worth living at all.

Check out a few of these upcoming events and organizations for inspiration.
Fred’s Team – for cancer research at the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Center
Washington Heights Salsa, Blues and Shamrocks 5k – honoring Captain Frederick III who lost his life on 9/11
Tunnel To Towers – honoring Stephen Siller who lost his life on 9/11 and fire fighters all over the country
Achilles International – enabling those with disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics
Walk Like MADD – raise funds for Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Girls on the Run – health education and wellness for girls 8-12 years. Also promotes healthy body image.
Revlon Walk – fight against all women cancers
For more, check out Fitness Magazine’s guide to getting fit with a cause.

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