You may be familiar with the origin of marathons, rooted in the tale of Pheidippides. He ran from the field of conflict in Marathon and on to Athens, Greece where he delivered the news that the Persians had been vanquished in battle. He ran the entire way and did not stop. On his arrival, he said: “enikekamen” — “We won!” before falling dead.
Whether we’re backpacking the Appalachian Trail, running a race, or living daily lives — we’re all running a marathon. For as we’ve been reminded, we must welcome each sunrise with thanks and live out our freedom and our purpose.
Heartbreaking images flood the airwaves, internet, and blogosphere. Announcers, commentators, and the public seek for answers. The only certain thing we can do is take action: hug our children and spouses, speak kind words, do good, and embrace our dreams all the more fiercely. We must continue our own, personal marathons – carrying the torch of faith, hope, and love.
Each of us, like Pheidippides, hopes to reach the end of our race to say “We won!” To do so, we must keep running, persistently, and not allow darkness of any kind to overshadow the light we carry or lead us from the way.
A marathon of any kind demands no less of us. Let’s continue to rise to the challenge.