I was out running through the forest Sunday morning with my friend Jimmy, and my son Tyler was “biking” it with us. I think we hit about 12 miles on that trail run. It feels good to say that I can do that, because I’ve only been officially running for just over a year now; and I mean, really running! I’ve always ran 1 to 3 miles here and there, nothing consistent. This doesn’t count my Marine Corps years. I could definitely get pretty good times back then, with several barking smoky bears on my back. But I remember a few years ago, my cardio at the gym was a 10 to 15 minute treadmill warm-up, and I thought I was really cookin’ when I got 30 minutes and nearly 200 calories shredded; woohooo!
But I’ve come along way in just over a year. I’ve run my first half-marathon (13.1 miles) already, and am now training for a full marathon (26.2 miles) in Atlanta this October. What’s more, is that being in this circle of runners, I know people who are running Ultra Marathons, even 100 mile races! Right now, that sounds a little crazy to me as it’s not even in my radar yet. But I have a feeling it will be soon. It’s already been introduced to me, and there’s something in me that says, I now have to run 100 miles one day.
It’s nice to have goals. It always gives us something to look forward to; aspire to; something bigger to accomplish and feel good about before we’re off to the next goal. I believe that is what life is all about. We’re like children always wanting to un-wrap the next gift, and we’ll climb mountains to do it.
My take is that if you’re not seeking to open your gift, then what are you seeking? There is a fine line between being content with what you have and sitting idle; doing nothing.
You should never be content with sitting idle; unless you believe your life is over. You are here not by random chance, but to discover something, open it, and create a life for yourself.
If you want to be content about something, then let it be in the joy of your progress towards opening that gift. Be content in the journey; just don’t sit idle.