“It’s the hardest thing in the world to believe in something, if you do it’s a miracle.”
Without Limits, Steve Prefontaine
Steve hit it on the nose! It’s the toughest thing in the world to take a risk, work HARD, and pursue something with passion… but that kind of commitment yields success. Look at any of the world’s top performers. They all took a risk, BELIEVED in their goal, and had a PASSION to get it done. Whatever happens on Sunday, at least I know that I put everything I had into preparing for this race. We’ve raised OVER $11,700 (to date!)… money that will go towards HELPING people! Incredible. That was always the more important (#1) goal.
I’m posting one of my favorite poems below that pretty much sums up how I feel. I have a signed copy of it in my room. I think this poem is very relevant not only to this race, but for any goals a person reaches for!!
The Guy in the Glass
by Dale Wimbrow, (c) 1934
When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,
And the world makes you King for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that guy has to say.
For it isn’t your Father, or Mother, or Wife,
Who judgement upon you must pass.
The feller whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the guy staring back from the glass.
He’s the feller to please, never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear up to the end,
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the guy in the glass is your friend.
You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,
And think you’re a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.
You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you’ve cheated the guy in the glass.