I was flashing back on a time in New York City when I used to watch the NYC Marathon, positioning myself towards the last couple of miles. I saw all kinds of body types and conditions of the various participants who made it that far. It ranged from the quick, light and spirited to the folks who had endured great suffering. I couldn’t help but think… did the ‘suffering’ choose the appropriate game to play as their symbol of “getting through the challenges” of life… that all was possible? Was there honor in finishing? What are the costs?

As a coach, I have observed many people attached to their story of “finish to the end” no matter what. Our choices matter and reflect whether we are in the flow or not and if our goals really serve us and others. As a personal trainer, I have had to work with many people with bodily injuries, as a result of that perspective. The price is very expensive.

Where does this come from?

I’m not sure but I will guess that it may have come from other sufferers, passing this dysfunctional story on in addition to the heros of our time… football coaches to generals of the armed forces.

How do we know when to get off the train… that the destination is no longer ours?

Today there will be 60 year wedding anniversaries, graduations, job promotions , etc., in which people have had no happiness in those pursuits but they ‘tufted it out’ in the name of finishing what they started. How sad they ‘gave up‘ the opportunity for their true alignment of purpose and happiness.

“I long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker”.

- Helen Keller

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