Being good…

When we were younger I had a friend whose mum, whenever we were leaving to go somewhere, always used to say to us “be good”.

Be good, she used to say. Actually, I think that it was probably more directed towards my friend and her siblings…and to ensure that her children weren’t naughty! But it stuck with me…my mum didn’t use this phrase (but then again we weren’t particularly naughty to be honest! ; ) and for some reason it’s stuck with me over many many years…

Outreaching naughtiness

And I never really knew why. It’s a fab little phrase, and after much time spent considering why it has resonated for so long, it’s possibly because it truly implies something that far outreaches ‘naughtiness’!

For me, it really means – go out there and be as good as you can be…at whatever it is that you’re doing. Be good, don’t be half-hearted; be good – make your best efforts at whatever currently occupies you; be good, aim to be the best version of you in every interaction, in every piece of work; be good, be as connected as possible to the process in which you’re involved…

It’s doesn’t mean having to act like a saint though…not in every moment! It means be good – have the intent to let your goodness shine through.

And with good humour and hopefully a heart-felt smile…

It’s so simple, and yet so powerful.

In truth it might not sound as sexy as some other deep and meaningfuls – ‘know thyself’, for example and there are phrases in other languages which sound much more ‘cool’… In French they’d say, ‘Bon travail’…which means work well, or work hard…it has a similar feel, but it implies that it’s just about work… ‘Bon courage’ and this means find strength in yourself – you know, be strong and find fortitude – which can certainly stir the emotions but it’s very rah! go getting and masculine in its feel, I find… and of course there is ‘Bon chance’ which of course means ‘good luck’…

So none of these have quite the same depth and have equal amounts of humble softness (although we do love a spot of bon courage at the right occasion… : ) …so even though they have a great ring to them, it’s possible that ‘be good’ has the best connotation to it of all…

Kindness and compassion

And is it applicable to your running? Yes, for sure!

Trying your best, and with as much kindness and compassion as possible (towards yourself, and equally as important as towards others)…because that will lend itself to you being the best version of yourself, which ultimately ends in that feeling of being proud of yourself; of self-validation.

And it’s applicable to so much more in life – everything that we do!?

Enjoy getting out & about today and…be good! : )