This Month’s Wednesday Word Is Dazzle

Welcome to Wednesday Word, a monthly linkup for everyone, not just health and fitness bloggers. On the first Wednesday of every month you will have a single word prompt to write about. Let your imagination run free and share with your readers your interpretation of that word, or simply use it as inspiration for your post. Today’s word is dazzling… I’d love to have you link up, and if you do, please remember to follow my four simple rules.


Brilliantly or showily bright, colorful, or impressive
~ Merriam-Webster


It may be easy to come off as dazzling with a big smile; but it’s the actions behind those pearly whites that shows real character…

You probably don’t really think of runners as a dazzling group. Oh sure, runners can look dazzling when they wear cute sparkle skirts and fun fascinator-style headbands at races; and I suspect I’ll see plenty of those at today’s Firecracker 5K. Let’s dig deeper, though, and explore the characteristics of runners, specifically those who dazzle with their quiet actions, not their fashion.


When Runners Dazzle The World With Their Actions

Last week, on my Deb Runs/Personal Fit Fitness Facebook page, I shared this video where two runners came upon another runner whose legs refused to move her any farther at the Philly Love Run Half Marathon. Together they put her arms around their shoulders and practically dragged her toward the finish line. Another runner saw their plight and picked the exhausted runner up and carried her to just shy of the finish line and then lowered her gently toward the ground so she could stumble the final steps on her own.

These three athletes who came to another runner’s aid dazzled the world when this video went viral, yet their intent was nothing more than to help a fellow runner in need.


In another example of runners dazzling fans with their actions, two collegiate runners put their own races in jeopardy when stopping to help carry a runner from a rival team across the finish line at an ACC cross country meet. The character of these young women is impressive.


So what personality traits do these runners, both male and female, have that dazzled the world with their actions?


Personality Traits of Those Who Just Might Dazzle the World With Their Actions:

1.  Puts others first

2.  Shows empathy

3.  Has a willingness to help

4.  Is generous with time



It’s very likely that none of the runners mentioned above knew each other prior to jumping in to help a fellow athlete in need; however, I suspect that if you got to know them, you’d find that they share the personality traits I mentioned above. I’d also be willing to bet that they share a lot of other positive personality traits.


What other personality traits do you think dazzlers might have?


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Next Month’s Wednesday Word:  Fabulous