It's the end of March, race day is closing in, to say I'm a bit stressed over the whole thing would be an understatement. When I had the idea to host a 5k to raise funds for Haiti Missions, it seemed like a great idea. I decided to combine my passion for running races and my passion for helping people and turn it into an event that brings my other passion, my community together for a day of fun and fitness. Today, I was told I was being selfish. That hurt. Truly, deeply.
I've never done anything like this before. Yes, I have attended races, I've liked all the race's Facebook pages and I have done a lot of research in how to organize such an event. I have taken advice from numerous sources. I should do this, try that, I've done it all. There is no suggestion I don't take seriously and there is no advice I don't listen to whole heartedly. Facebook, that's the way to go, social media is the best way to go about getting the news out. Radio stations, check. Newspaper articles, check. Community events, check. Website, check. Facebook and Twitter, double check.
I have a Facebook page, every time I post something on my Facebook page I share it amongst the other run pages so that I can get the info out to the demographic I am trying to reach. Racers. I've never had an issue with anybody doing this, until today. Today I was called selfish. Today I was threatened with the ban hammer. From one Facebook page administrator who shall remain nameless, I was told it was THEIR page after all and I was spamming their members with all my posts. I was posting a picture of the basket giveaway we are doing. I was called selfish.
I am not organizing this race for any personal need. I am not doing this for a profit at all. I am doing this for my community, for the Demetrious Lane food bank and for Haiti Missions. I am busting my butt on a daily basis thinking about what more I could be doing to gain interest, I attend events, I am chasing down runners in the street to hand out information on this race, I am contacting media outlets and businesses and politicians and anyone I can think of to raise awareness of this race and what we are trying to do for the community we live in and the one we don't. I am not getting paid for this, I am not getting any sort of kick back for this. I am doing this because I love people, I love my community and I love my Church. I am hoping that when this event happens, people will feel good knowing that they helped their community food bank, the town of Babaco, and they get a better understanding of Hillside Wesleyan Church, who we are and what our mission is. I hope that they feel loved and enlightened by what they accomplished and the people they meet. I hope that they leave the race feeling as amazing as I do every Sunday when I enter Hillside Wesleyan Church and I hope that feeling follows them wherever they go and that they want to come back and visit us again and again.
I have been over zealous in my promotion of the race, I have posted too many times on this one particular Facebook page, that has upset this person. I apologize. I apologize that I have been too passionate about my beliefs and promotion of the race, I just want it to be successful. Successful for the community, the Church and for Haiti, I want it to be successful, but never have I wanted it to be successful for me, or have I? If one person told me I was being selfish, is that how I appear? Maybe it is, maybe I need to take a look at myself from others perspective. Instead of being angry or hurt by this persons observation, I should thank him.
Thank you. Though I might not have liked what I heard, I'm thankful you had the courage to tell me what your perception of me was, now I can work toward changing that perception.
I began my running journey in March of 2009. I began my journey of faith in September of 2012. Running releases stress from my body while my new found faith releases stress from my mind.