Run the race before you

I’ve heard of a good marriage being likened to a marathon. This got me to thinking of three things: history, preparation, and discipline.

First, history – According to aspects of Greek history, the first marathon commemorated, and honored in so doing, the run of a soldier named Pheidippides from a battlefield near the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C. According to the legend, Pheidippides ran the approximately 25 miles to announce the defeat of the Persians to some concerned and worrisome Athenians. (The Athenians didn’t yet have access to facebook, instagram, Twitter or Snapchat, and thus were still relying on human power as messengers in long form time.) Also according to the legend, Pheidippides, Not quite in mid-season shape, delivered the message “Niki!” (Victory!) then keeled over and died. (Yes we would later see a derivation of this word for victory become the brand we know today which tell us to “Just Do It!” – NIKE.

Second, preparation – In order to run the greatest races of our lives we must train by constantly running shorter races. (We don’t want to suffer the same fate as Pheidippides) In order to win the wars we must constantly be fighting the battles before us. (Enter in the quote about ‘For want of a nail the shoe was lost…’)This got me to thinking of track events and horse racing.

Third, discipline – Training for the shorter races (and the longest ones) involves training of our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls in preparation for what they must be able to both endure and withstand. Part of this is keeping track of elements of our lives for accountability purposes as well as taking stock of our lives to assess where we are at day to day. Horses wear harnesses, bits, and have reins in their races. We must find the equivalents in our lives in disciplined preparation before, during, and after the races we will run.

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On June 9th, 1973 ‘Secretariat’ won horse racing’s coveted Triple Crown.

Yesterday, June 9th, 2018, ‘Justify’ became only the thirteenth horse in history to do the same.

Also yesterday, June 9th, we obtained our marriage license. This was a short race in preparation for the race of a lifetime ahead of us. As luck would have it we’ll be getting married on the thirteenth of next month (our dating anniversary AND a reminder of ‘Justify’s thirteenth place in history)

The amazing folks at The Brewer’s Cabinet helped us celebrate afterwards. There was even collegiate track races on the television behind our booth to further the theme of ‘running the good race’. As the goddess of victory, Athena Nike, would urge us today to ‘Just Do It’, we intended to tie the knot, run the good sprints, fight the daily battles, commemorate and celebrate the individual events, and always keep our eyes on the prize. God has the reins. Our lifetimes are the greatest races we will ever run. We intend to finish strong.

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Being heard, stirred, and perhaps cured by life's many hidden images and the written-spoken word.
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