Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Running With A Purpose


This morning as I made my normal 30 minute commute into downtown, everyone hit their breaks and traffic stopped. The typical thoughts of most commuters started to invade my mind.  Great, I’m going to be late for my meeting.  Is there an accident?  My thoughts quickly turned into frustration.

As my car idled in the same spot for five minutes and my frustration grew, I started to notice all the people walking along the sidewalks. I was delayed on a highly traveled bus route. Normally traffic is moving, so I never really noticed all of the people who rely on public transportation.

In the darkness of the minutes before dawn, I saw a young man race across a parking lot.  He turned onto the sidewalk, running as if his life depended on it.  Then I saw the bus stopped a football field length ahead of him.  I realized, he needed to get on that bus.  Perhaps he had an important meeting at work. Maybe his boss had given him a warning about being late.  Whatever the reason, he ran with great determination; I began to root for him.

Moments later, his pace slowed and then he stopped on the sidewalk.  I saw the taillights of the bus fading into the darkness.  He didn’t make it.  His head dropped in defeat as he slowly walked toward the bus stop. My heart went out to him.

The blare from the car’s horn behind me broke the trance I held on the young man. I was thinking how fortunate I am to have a car and to be stuck in traffic.  Again, the horn impatiently blasted as traffic was moving again, but not for the young man.  He had taken a seat at the bus stop and watched the cars pass by him.


Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write contemporary stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers and artists. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. I write stories filled with love, faith and happy endings for Harlequin Love Inspired. What can I say...I love happy endings. My sixth book Searching for Home will be in stores December 28, 2021, details can be found at JillWeatherholt.com. I've sold seven sweet romance stories to Woman's World Magazine. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010, 2012 and 2016 winner of the National Novel Writing Month Contest. I love to connect with readers. Visit me at jillweatherholt.com and sign-up for my newsletter. Follow me on Amazon.com and Bookbub.com.

4 thoughts on “Running With A Purpose

  1. A wonderful post; my daughter’s best friend relied upon public transport, and two of my kids don’t drive; for some it’s a necessary part of life. How lovely that you had those moments to observe; sounds like short story fodder perhaps? 🙂


    • Thank you, Anna. You’re right, it is a necessary part of life for many. In the past, I’ve always worked in the suburbs, so I never realized the number of people who rely on public transportation. Ah yes, my mind is already working on that short story. 🙂


  2. I’m not a fan of public transportation, but on rare instances while traveling have had to endure it. I can feel that young man’s frustration. Hopefully, tomorrow he will wake up a bit earlier.


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