I liked this story because it tells about a man who changed his life when he was 39 years old. We have all heard of people who at all different ages, finally understanding what they wanted in life and they lived a happier and a abundant life ever since.
Why is that? I think many of us just keep going, same old thoughts, jobs, habits, relationships and because we aren't happy, we just figure we need to trudge along and put in our time. What this story reminded me, was to live more abundantly. Learn what I need to do and do it. Find out what makes you happy! When you find that something you are passionate about...it is like recharging your batteries. You can hardly wait to get up each day to get started. I know that is much easier said than done. Many times the hardships of life seem to cloud of vision but, I do believe that if each of us tried a little harder to find out purpose then we would live with more intent, we would love our lives! Hopefully this story will make you start thinking about your purpose and when you can get started living it!
As soon as I get over this terrible flu, I am going to get back to my life. I haven't done anything but lay around for 6 days, I am a mess. Hopefully I will start getting better soon! I pray that each of you, are staying healthy and strong. Good night!
Run With Intent
Buckminster Fuller once said, "The minute you choose to do what you really want to do it's a different kind of life." And it's not about what you're getting PAID to do! If you want to live abundantly, decide what you really want and figure out a way to do it. Be clear and live with intent.
You may have heard of Fred Lebow. Fred complained to his doctor that he lacked energy. His doctor advised him to take up running in order to increase his stamina. He fell in love with it! He was 39 years old when he entered his first race -- and did horribly. He beat only one other contestant…a 72-year-old man. But he loved it!
Fred decided what he really wanted to do -- and he did it in his spare time. He joined the New York Road Runners Club and organized New York City's first marathon race. But what Fred truly wanted to do, even more than run, was to bring people together. And that is what he did. He believe that anybody should be able to run -- people of all ages, any background, professional or amateur, and of any country. Today, more than 28,000 people of all backgrounds and nationalities compete in the NYC Marathon.
Not everyone in New York was excited about people running through their neighborhoods. Fred was approached by a youth gang that warned him that nobody had better run through their turf. "That's great," Fred enthused. "I need someone to protect the runners in your area, and you look like just the fellows to do it." He gave them each a hat, shirt and jacket and that year, when the marathon went through their neighborhood, these young men proudly guarded the runners along their way.
Fred decided what was truly important to him and he found a way to do it. He lived with intent. That single decision made his life remarkably different.
In 1990, Fred Lebow found he had a brain tumor. In 1992 he ran his final race. He crossed the finish line holding the hand of his friend and Norwegian Olympic medalist, Grete Waitz. A bronze statue was created of Fred in his running clothes, checking his watch. It is now placed at the finish line of every race. Fred died in 1994. But as one sports writer said, "Fate handed him a short race. With his gall, with his love of life, Fred Lebow turned it into a marathon."
Fred would say that it's not about how long you live, but how you run the race of life. Do you run it with intent?
~ Steve Goodier ~
"The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live." ~ Joan Borysenko
"THE MINUTE YOU CHOOSE TO DO WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO DO IT'S A DIFFERENT KIND OF LIFE!" ~Buchminster Fuller
"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." ~ Albert Schweitzer
PS Not sure why this font is little, tried to fix it but... it didn't work. Sorry!