| David Gane

Beginnings and Endings

While running, I’ve become the crazy guy who likes to wave or give the thumbs up to fellow runners I pass. They’re out there, they're doing the work, whether it’s hot, cold, or raining and I think it’s awesome.

Often, after I hit my halfway point and turn back, I’ll pass these people again.

The other day, I realized that my starting point is the destination for some of these people and my halfway point is only a point along their run.

For every runner, our paths are determined by where we start, how far we decide to go, and how we get home.

There is the circularity to this process. We are not only moving around our own path, but also we link and intersect the paths of others as we tread along.

The Spiral

This criss-crossing of journeys makes me think of Stephen Covey’s, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

The seventh habit is called Sharpen the Saw and focuses on the habit of renewal, focusing on our physical, social or emotional, spiritual, and mental dimensions.

At the end of the chapter, he says that the process “empowers us to move on an upward spiral of growth and change, of continuous improvement.”

The Marathon

Everyday, we meet and experience people at different stages of their journeys. Some are moving far ahead of us, cresting the hills that lay before us, or moving past goals we wish to attain.

Others are fighting challenges we’ve already experienced, struggling through the low points where we once weren’t sure we had the energy to go on.

All of us have different end points, different beginnings, different paths—and none of us know where these details, unless we ask.

So, keep on your journeys, keep putting one step ahead of another, and don’t forget encouragement as you pass your fellow runners.

(Photo Credit: Claudel Rheault)

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