Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Running To, or Running From?

That's the question.  Where are we truly headed, and is our locomotion a function of us running to an opportunity, or running from our fears?  A great question to ponder.  Perhaps it matters, perhaps not, but regardless, it serves as motivation for our motion. 

We have to run.  At an old employer, the CEO placed the following in the company lobby:

On the African plains, a gazelle wakes the morning and knows that on this day it must run faster than the quickest lion, or he will die

That same morning a lion wakes on the plains and knows that on this day it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or he will die

It matters not if you are a gazelle or lion - when the day starts you had better be running

One can question the appropriateness of this as a motivational tool, but its message is still pretty strong.  We all have to run.

As I have taken up running for the past six months, one thing has been made abundantly clear to me, and that is every excess piece of weight - every extra percentage of body fat or pound of clothes or ounce of heaviness in the shoes adds up.  It matters.  It slows you down, and it unnecessarily fatigues you.

So run.  Run to, or run from, as the case may be.  But drop off the excess baggage.  It serves only to keeping you from efficiently getting to where you want to go. 

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