Monday, October 27, 2008

An Inspirational Story

As I was preparing for a lesson I had to teach I came across a great story told by Thomas S. Monson back in April 1987. I hope you like it too!

"In everyone's conscience lies that spirit, that determination to measure up to the stature of true potential. But the way is rugged, and the course is challenging. So discovered John Helander from Goteborg, Sweden. John is handicapped, in that it is difficult for him to coordinate his motions. 

At a youth conference, John took part in a running race. He had no chance to win. Rather, his was the opportunity to be humiliated.

What a race it was! Struggling, surging, pressing, the runners bolted far beyond John. There was wonderment among the spectators. Who was this runner who lagged so far behind? The participants on their second lap of this two-lap race passed John while he was but halfway through the first lap. Tension mounted as the runners pressed toward the tape. Who would win? Who would place second? Then came the final burst of speed; the tape was broken. The crowd cheered; the winner was proclaimed.

The race was over~or was it? Who is this contestant who continues to run when the race is ended? He crosses the finish line on but his first lap. Doesn't the foolish lad know he has lost? Ever onward he struggles, the only participant now on the track. Every eye is on this valiant runner. He makes the final turn and moves toward the finish line. There is awe; there is admiration. As John approaches the finish line, the audience, as one, rises to its feet. Stumbling, falling, exhausted but victorious, John Helander breaks the newly tightened tape. The cheering echoes for miles."

There are several of my "blogging friends" who are facing challenges in their running, whether it be an injury or the blahs, we all face these obstacles at some point. We just have to keep our eyes on our goal and hang in there and remember that we do not run alone. The vast audience of family and friends will cheer our courage and will applaud our determination as we rise from the pitfalls and obstacles in our course.

6 comments:

Janice said...

That was very inspirational.. I hope I will remember this when I am ready to give up because something just isn't going my way. You rock girl.....

tfh said...

Thanks for the story! It is important not just to recognize that there are others who face greater obstacles than I do, but also to appreciate the fact that I keep going, every day, even though I will never be first (or second or third) across that finish line!

Run Mommy said...

That nearly made me weep...an excellent story at just the right time. THanks.

Blyfinn said...

That was great. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to share it with my family.

Joe said...

Nicely done. I loved that story.

Joe
www.fitnessgeekga.wordpress.com

RunnerMom said...

What a wonderful, inspirational story!

The last paragraph that you wrote was so beautiful! You are a talented writer (and runner)!