Have you ever had a day full of realization, belief, camaraderie, unity, excitement, and tears?
Oh, I had a week of it! And, yet, at the close, I am motivated beyond my self-inflicted restrictions to pursue that which is MINE! Yes, that is called GRIT.
For 2 days I have been recognizing it all around me. In nature, in my community of fellow journeymen, each on their own Hero’s Journey, in art, in tools, in everything… in myself! What?
Something I listed on my service card for this week, is to sort via trash, file, and give away, some things that I have neatly tucked away in the guestroom/office. Being very intentional about what I REALLY should hold on to, I found gem a photo of me at my last half-marathon.
I looked long and hard at the photo and ‘battleshipped’ it. The revelation was so uplifting! Allow me to give you some background.
My Thoughts, the Race, and the Results
It is New Year’s Eve day, the Pacific Northwest, Puget Sound, and its cloudy. This is the last running race of the year. My attitude about this half-marathon run (13.1 miles) is that it is half the distance I normally run, so, this should be a piece of cake!
I expect it will be a different sort of run because I am wearing so many more layers than I have at past races which were in the spring or summer. Thoughts like, where should I attach my race bib, what if I get hot and need to shed some clothing, what if it rains, what if… ATTACHMENT!
Wow! How about just start running when the horn blows and enjoy yourself? What a concept!!!
There are no words to describe the beauty that I saw. The beautiful water of the Puget Sound, the ferry headed for Seattle, and the incredible greenery that seemed to roll right into the water.
I wish I could have lost myself in it, but the road had not been closed off to cars, so we runners had to be cognitive of 40 mph traffic. Still it was so incredible! And I was part of it!
Well, I wasn’t the first runner to finish, nor was I the last! My philosophy about any race, is, once started, I must finish. My goal: to finish without needing the help of an ambulance. Accomplished!
And then the serendipity… I received an award for finishing first in my age group. A surprise, because I did not realize I had moved into another age bracket. I was thrilled, then asked how many runners were in my category. The answer made me laugh (as caught in the photo), ‘You are the only one!’
This is the very culmination of a statement I had been saying for years – I don’t really love running, but I love, as I get older, I have fewer competitors. BAM! Manifestation!
So you can see, how, breaking down that scene and taking it back, bit by bit, to the beginning of my running journey, the challenges, the determination, and the victory showed GRIT. No doubt there is much in you, too.
I have learned in this wonderful self-directed thinking course called Master Key Experience, to recognize qualities in others can only be done if you possess the quality yourself. I accept!
Smiling, I am so grateful! I am worthy! I have GRIT!
Master Key Experience – coming in the Fall!