“You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.“- Wayne Dyer
Running a longer race like a marathon is a head game. When you run a 5K, it is such a short, intense burst of discomfort that it is over before you have a chance to think about it, but a marathon is different. In a marathon, there is time to ponder your pain.
I ran a marathon last weekend with my hubby Bill and two friends. This photo was taken at the beginning of the race, while we were full of hopeful smiles. It was raining, but the rain did not dampen our spirits.
During the course of the race, the rain became heavier, then turned into an absolute deluge. Water was spurting out of manhole covers and flooding the paths we ran on. One of my friends didn’t make the cutoff time at mile 17 and got swept from the race. My hips began aching at mile 25. My hubby lost a toenail. Lots of “stuff” happened.
After the race was over, we met back in our hotel room. Our smiles were just as big. We could not control the weather, the conditions of the course, how fast we could run, or the aches and pains that beset us. The only thing we could control was our response to those things.
We have only a few “lighted seasons“. Let us use them for exploration, for adventure, for joy, for dancing.
Dr. Dyer is right. Control what happens on the inside.
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
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