Julie Learner, LCSW


Be the change that you want to see in the world. – Gandhi

photo-3My daughter, Marlee, and I ran the half marathon together this year.  I really didn’t think she could do it.  She told me she had trained this year at college, which is many miles away from where I live.  I didn’t believe her.

I know she has a tough spirit, and that she works exceptionally hard in college, both as a gifted actor and an academic student.  Still, honestly, I wasn’t sure she could really complete 13.1 miles.  I had trained hard and run these races every summer.  Marlee normally cheered for me when I woke her up after I got home from the race.  She would yawn and smile her sweet smile.  But this year was different.  Marlee surprised me.

Lately, I am thinking a lot about that.
You can’t have people surprise you unless you are open to seeing them change.  The past does not exist except in our minds, so if you keep expecting people to act the way they always have, you will never have the pleasure of seeing them grow.  You will miss being a witness to great transformation!  Marlee broke out of her shell and did something she never even expected.  It was such a joy to run beside her and I am so proud of her.

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