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The Human Spirit

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” – Wilma Rudolph

Another Grandma’s marathon, another first marathon to celebrate. This time it was my niece Emily’s turn and she did it! The first marathon is about finishing. It’s the “I think I can and I’m ready but I’ve never done it before” elusiveness.

Four to five months of training, commitment and hard work gets you to the start line. You learn the value of preparing your mind as much as your body as well as your spirit. All play an important role in getting to the finish line.

Many training runs by yourself convince you that you are alone in this effort. But when you get to marathon day, you soon realize through the support and encouragement of family, friends and complete strangers along the way that you are in no way alone in the endeavor, or in life for that matter. The cowbells, people yelling your name, the texts from family and friends checking in, the running by your side the last mile show how many people are cheering for and sharing in your success.

“The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's opportunities and make the most of one's resources.” – Luc de Clapiers

“The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one’s opportunities and make the most of one’s resources.” – Luc de Clapiers

Whether it’s a marathon or another dream or goal, the meaning comes from the journey before ever getting to the start line. It’s the unfolding and freeing of the human spirit that deepens the meaning and calls us to seek more challenges and dreams. There are no short cuts – the secret is in the intersection of time, effort, focus, consistency, faith, optimism, persistence and determination.

Pick your “marathon” and go for it with your whole heart, mind and spirit. We all have longings that pull at us to go out into the world to give and be our best, beyond what we could ever imagine. We need only to take the first step and each that follows become second nature. Your human spirit is ready and waiting to take flight.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Congratulations! You make me want to lace up my shoes and get running another marathon! 🙂

    June 23, 2014
    • Emily did her first at 19. My first marathon was 39 and my third this Fall will be when I’m almost 50. It’s never too late to start or restart again.

      June 23, 2014
  2. So inspirational. Loved this one.

    June 23, 2014
  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    A terrific post from Cast Light and whilst it is talking about Marathons it is not only the type that you run but any project that you undertake to finish. We all tend to admire those that dive in where fools dare to tread…. however sometimes they are just lucky they do not come a cropper. Any project should be well planned in advance and I have found that you need to be prepared not just mentally and physically but emotionally as well. Do pop into the blog if you have not already and follow.

    June 28, 2014

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