Short Story – Marathon


Following a major marathon race recently, one of the top female participants was interviewed by a sportswriter. He wanted to know, among other things, how she felt about a particular hill for which this race was noted. Her answer was very insightful. She responded that she had run in many races, all with hills and valleys to contend with, and that she really couldn’t remember a particular hill during this race. Said she, “Hills and valleys are part of every race. They are just part of getting from the beginning to the end. I focus on the finish, not on the hills and valleys. The course of the race leads to the finish. I focus on that – the finish.” Life is full of hills and valleys, some of which could cause us to want to quit along the way. It is during these times that we need to check our focus and remember that it needs to be on the finish, not the difficulties along the way.