By Steve Goodier
Standing at a busy Los Angeles intersection, I once noticed an
interesting sight -- a shirtless old man in shorts and jogging shoes running
toward me. He was in his seventies, short, with a huge barrel chest. His
shoulders were wide and his stomach flat and hard. The skin on his thin arms and
legs hung loose. His body glistened with sweat -- he had the appearance of an
absolutely committed runner. When he approached the intersection, he continued
to jog in place as he waited for the light to change.
I asked him, "Have you been running long?"
He said between breaths, "Today, four hours and twenty minutes."
Wow! Four hours and twenty minutes of running! At his age! He
continued, his feet still pounding the concrete, "Some days I run 22 miles. Some
days 12 miles."
I asked, "Do you race?"
"Three or four times a year." Maybe he figured he will taper
off when he gets old.
I respect his commitment and focus. Because of a total
dedication to the sport, he was an excellent runner. And he is living proof that
it is never too late to pursue a passion!
Don't we all need something to get excited about? What if we
were as focused in our enthusiasm and dedication? What could we do or become if
we were as committed to those things we feel are important as he was to running?
You may build your body, but will you also build your mind? You
may improve your social standing, but will you also improve your society? You
may grow your bank account, but will you also grow your faith? You may build
your business, but will you also build your character? You may heal a broken
bone, but will you also heal a broken home? You may leave a will to your
children, but will you also leave them a legacy?
It's never too late to pursue your passion.
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