“Fame, like flame, is harmless until you start inhaling it.” -selected
Have you noticed? A man never earns enough. A woman is never beautiful enough. Clothes are never fashionable enough. Cars are never nice enough. Gadgets are never modern enough. Houses are never furnished enough. Food is never fancy enough. Relationships are never romantic enough. Life is never full enough.
Let me share my own story:
As a jogger then, my ultimate goal was to join a race.
And so I registered for my first race -the 5k in Cabuyao Laguna. At the finish line, I told myself I’ll try the 10k.
And then a 15k… a 21k…a 25k.
Then came the 42k.
Then a 100K…followed by a 102K.
There was also a 24 hours Run.
And now, the most anticipated 160K.
I already joined almost 90 races in a short span of 4 years.
Enough is never enough.
Contentment is out of the question.
To desire for more races is not bad. To train harder is also beneficial.
It is good for you, specially for your health (and bulging tummy.)
However, always keep in mind that MODERATION is the key. Our body needs rest, specially our feet.
In running, we can always strengthen our hearts but be very cautious not to over train our legs (and feet.)
And mind you, even our hearts can falter if you’re running at full speed without listening to your body.
My friend died during a race some 5 years ago while running way above his heart rate. And there were confirmed fatalities during those recent races in Metro Manila.
Man will always strive to be better even to the point of neglecting their safety.
The rule of the thumb is this -DO ALL THINGS IN MODERATION.
And even if you’re a seasoned Ultra runner, a newbie or just starting your career as a runner -be moderate.
Slowly but surely.
When enough is never enough, be reminded that you can’t have it all at once.
Know your limit and be contented with it.
The good life – the one that truly satisfies – exists only when we stop wanting a better one. The itch for things , the lust for more -is a virus draining our souls of contentment.
Yes, I will still join 160K but I will always be contented for my achievements. Not because my peers are doing, then I have to do it too. I follow my own rule and strategy.
Satisfaction comes when we step off the escalator of desire and say, “This is enough. What I have will do.”
Godliness with contentment is a great gain. Take it from the Master.
God be Praised.