The Philadelphia Marathon is Sunday, November 23rd - that’s only 17 weeks away!! That may at first seem like a long time in the future, but the training program I follow starts 18 weeks before the race. Just getting to the starting line takes over 4 months of training and preparation. Most people can’t just jump out of bed one morning and decide to run a marathon. It takes dedication, and a long hard process of preparation.
(This is from Pittsburgh, 2012. You may be able to find me with a magnifying glass.)
Marathons are not the only things which take hard work. Most education - from High School to PhD - requires a number of years of study, dedication and hard work. Having a child is even more years of love and patience. These are not easy, “once and done” things. So it behoves us to occasionally look at the larger picture, to step back and recognize how our larger goals may be met by taking that first step… and then the second step…
The process of starting small to achieve great goals brings to mind an acorn which will - over many years - grow to be a large oak tree. Let us take the small step, be like the acorn, and see the grand scale which our small actions may produce.
The tree which fills the arms grew from the tiniest sprout; the
tower of nine storeys rose from a (small) heap of earth; the journey of a thousand li commenced with a single step.
- Tao Te Ching, chapter 64