I had the privilege to run my 74th marathon in Houston recently.
Somewhere between Houston and home, while writing in a plane, I was struck by a simple lesson. Here is the lesson I learned that may help you live your life by example:
In life you will always be tempted to compete against others and compare what you have with what they have. Admiring the skills of others may depress you, because you may want what they have. Resist the comparisons and competing—run your own race. That’s the lesson….run your own race
As I walked toward the line marking the start of 26.2 long, and at times challenging miles, I noted a sign which said “Congratulations Paula on running your 300th marathon.
My first thought was “Wow….that’s impressive….my 74 marathons are nothing compared to this lady’s 300” But then I remembered that I told a mom in my clinic once when she explained she does not feel worthy as a mom when she compares herself to those moms who seem to be close to perfect almost 100% of the time. I told her to simply be the best that she can be. To always try her best. To never allow someone else to make her feel inferior
Practically what this means is that you may want to monitor the number of times you compare yourself to others. Its good to learn from the best, but as you keep my race analogy in mind, simply start running your own race at your own pace—even without being a runner!
Your example to your family and friends will remind them too that we all have different callings and purposes. The point is to live your life in such a way that it brings out the best in you—live by example daily and when you cross the finish line you will be a winner…..