Saturday, April 28, 2012

Taper Madness and the Titanic ( you're curious about the connection, aren't you ? )

I have been experiencing the weirdest coincidence lately.  With 2 weeks to go until my race, I am running considerably less.  What are the odds that so many people I deal with on a regular basis would pick this week to become annoying ?!?!  This is the week my kids decide to retest every limit they've ever been given.  My workload has increased, people at work are more demanding, I think the entire universe is conspiring against me.  Surely this is a result of an entire universe working in perfect synchronization to deprive me of sanity, humor, and joy.  What else could it be ?   Unfortunately I don't know when this situation will turn itself around.  I suspect that it will be about 7 - 10 days after my race, when I can start running away from my stress that the universe will end it's complicity in my suffering.

The nice thing about going through a phase where serenity is rarer than an honest politician, is that you find the things in your life that you really should be grateful for.  That your kids think you have enough power to keep the bogeyman away.  The friends that are willing to tell you that you're being an ass are your real friends,  A  friendly phone call, a warm gesture or a timely email, really can make a difference. (  I need to remember that and give them out as often as I get them. )

Winston Churchill said " when you're going through hell, keep going"  ( my apologies if I've quoted that before, but it's one of my favorite quotes )  It's so tempting to just stop making progress and wallow in all the unfairness and injustice that's being hurled your way.  All that does is prolong the time you're in whatever hell you happen to be going through at the moment.  Here's a question for you ?  Is there a big difference between 90 minutes and 100 minutes ?  Well, there was if you were on the Titanic.  95 minutes after she sunk the RMS Carpathia arrived on the scene and started picking up survivors.   The passengers who couldn't survive just a little longer, who were overcome by the cold and the darkness after 90 minutes are still in their hell.  Those that "kept going" as good ol' Winnie put it, were rewarded with the brightness of the lights of the Carpathia and eventual rescue.

The thing to remember is you never know when, where or how your Carpathia is going to show up. It could be in tomorrow's mail, the next ring of the phone, or a chance meeting on the subway.  Don't deprive yourself of that rescue.  Striving for the wrong thing is better than striving for nothing, the important thing is that you keep striving.  Or, that you .....

Just Don't Stop Running.....

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