I predict nothing.
I project nothing.
I embrace life to the fullest.
Fully I am the now!
© 2012 Louis J. Auslander
I was sitting in the stands watching a local soccer game, drinking some water in the hot humid sun of a Sunday morning.
All the while, I see the soaked in sweat runners encircling the track around the game. I had finished my fifteen miles worth
of fun in the sun, seven miles in the shade of the streets and eight around the track basking in the sun. The game was nearing it’s end,
a close one it seemed with tough defense and little scoring is what I gathered. Now, I was in the stands
with a few scattered fans who were getting ready to wrap it up and move along. I was not sure whether their team had won or not either way
they were joyful and sparked up a conversation with me about my running. How may miles did you run? You were going pretty fast considering these temps.
How do you like those minimal shoes? Would you run a marathon in them? So the conversation was going quite smooth I loved talking about running
If anyone would show some interest I could talk for hours about this sort of thing. It is my passion and my love, so I rattle on endlessly when given the chance.
Then came the question I have been thinking about. More correctly stated would be, ” The question I have been thinking about, and how I was going to choose to think about it.”
The friendly down to earth man in the shades asked me, ” What time do you plan on finishing the marathon in?”
I offered no easy answer at first being this reignited a thought I have been playing out in my head as of lately.
“Well, last year I was a half hour quicker then the year before so this year another half hour quicker and who knows I have not hit any plateus yet, I am getting faster each year”
” I am just going to keep going at it” It was such a pleasant conversation I had, had with the few people I had just met. I get very excited when I talk about such things I think others
share in with my enthusiasm. I love sharing the joy. They all wished me the best of luck I had overheard that is was the one ladie’s birthday and wished her a happy day.
They had left I was alone in the stands thinking about limits and times, about no limits and moments… about what matters. The next two soccer teams were begining to warm up
as the teams that were finished were gathering their gear and walking to the shade with their water bottles in hand.
I do enjoy being competitive with running races so time does matter in a sense. The most important time though is the time that I am having right “now” in any given moment.
If running has taught me but one thing that is to embrace the moment. If I can make that moment the best I can I will surely be amazed with the blessings of the miracles of life.
Time, speed and distance depend on the past and the future and within the reference to one another lies their dependency. Right “now” is timeless. That is the comfort zone
where all miracles occur, that is where I will run. So when asked, “What time do I plan on finishing the marathon in?”
I have an idea of where I am training at . Even that idea may be better off thrown away and to just run by feeling in the now. Limits are just that they are limiting. If I entirely focus
on a time to finish in I very likely will finish in that time. If I am open to the moment there is no limit.
As I move forward with my training I must focus more and more on embracing the moment and engaing joy to it’s fullest within me.
The more that I get to and practice the joyous pace, I will have learned how to win every race!
© 2012 Louis J. Auslander