There is such a deep and lasting happiness when we stay the course and achieve difficult tasks despite the obstacles. Whether it is overcoming an addiction, really going deep in the exercises of St. Ignatious, or caring for an elderly parent, we all need to know that we can overcome barriers in life in order to live with fulfillment. In fact, I may have read that a possible contributor to the epidemic of depression is that so much is given to us without any effort.
Angie and I and the kids spent the weekend in Cleveland. We had a wonderful time walking around the city, visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and enjoying time together. Angie and I also competed in Cleveland's half marathon this weekend and finished better than we had hoped for. We had to "walk-through" some minor aches and pains, and do the half the race under torrential rain and temperature in the 50s (F). As we did the last few miles the sun came out, it became a beautiful morning, and we finished exhausted and fulfilled. As always, the most inspiring athletes for me are those in the wheelchairs. I even saw a lady running the marathon at full speed with a prosthetic leg. They could have been miserable at home given their condition. Perhaps some did for sometime. But they overcame their feelings of sadness and limitations to become great athletes inspiring us to move forward and showing us the meaning of perseverance.
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