Optimism Thought of the Week
For Sunday, December 27, 2015
In Our Finest Moment
By Glennel Hardy
I struggled as a teenager running or jogging due to asthma. One day a great friend of mine Willie, challenged me to train with him for an upcoming marathon he would be doing. At first I gave every reason why I could not train, but eventually he talked me into it and I started training with him. I had no desire to do the marathon, but I wanted to see if I could actually do the thing, I always believed I could not ever do.
After several months of training with him I was invited to participate in the marathon. Willie had forced me to override my disbelief, of something I thought I could never do, and after months of training I had already done it. At that point of him asking me, I had no justifiable reason of turning down his request, I was now capable of running the marathon.
I can recall the last mile of the marathon was the most strenuous part for me, I began to breathe harder and harder, but I had my headphones, and I drowned out gasps of breath and I kept running. Willie was right beside me, and we paced ourselves and we finished that marathon together. In the finest moment was the cheers from the crowd, as I was getting even closer to the finish line, those that were cheering me on, of something I thought I could never do.
In your finest moment you may be called to do something that you never thought was possible to do. You may not realize it, but you would have trained yourself for this moment, and therefore when the time comes, you are ready to run the marathon, you never thought was possible.