I wasn’t at Boston this year, but I am reminded of the of the crowning jewel of marathons each day. Above my desk hangs a pencil drawing of myself and my marathon partner, Clay Nicks crossing the half way point at the 100th Boston in 1996. On my bulletin board is a clipping from a Boston magazine advertisement from years ago that simply says “Qualify”; something that I have striven for year to accomplish, yet have been consistently unsuccessful for one reason or another. In some ways I feel like a part of my life was attacked yesterday, and that’s severely disappointing. I am sure many of you feel that way today as well, so one reason or another.
But what shall we do? Shall we sit and retreat in fear? Shall we yield to this attack on our freedom? I say no.
Yesterday also began the second stage of my ankle’s ligament recovery as I moved out of the air cast boot and into an ankle brace. I feel even more motivated to get back on the road and exercise my freedoms – running around this great country of ours.
I also was reminded of this pretty neat quote yesterday morning, and I planed to share it today. It seems even more fitting now.
“Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.” -Jack Kerouac
Fitting because of the way life can change instantly of course. But even more fitting because of this small nugget of truth from the Christ – the son of God!
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:39
He says the second greatest commandment in the whole universe is to love your neighbor as yourself! If you are in love with your life, then correspondingly you are to be in love with the life of others as well! Loving them as you love yourself! And that’s how we fight this craziness in our age. Yes, there will be justice doled out by the government, and rightly so. But we on the ground, we can start by making sure we take care of those people that we connect with every day – the neighbors around us.
every minute, every mile!