Effort vs Easy: A Joint Venture

Kit running hard at mile 20.5 of the Boston Marathon

Kit running hard at mile 20.5 of the Boston Marathon

Good Day, God!

This is such a happy photo of my amazing husband, Kit, but until now it didn’t seem right to share it. When I took this photo Kit was about five miles away from finishing the Boston Marathon. When he got within a mile of the finish line, two bomb blasts would shatter the experience for him and all of Boston.

But, today, I don’t want to write about bombs . . . I want to write in praise of Kit . . . and in praise of effort. Effort seems to be catching on these days. Marathons will always be the epitome of effort in my mind — and now they have been joined by ultra marathons and triathlons.

Effort takes grit, God. I used to think I didn’t have much grit. A friend sent me a twist on the old saying, “No Pain, No Gain!” It quotes a wise doctor saying,  “No Pain . . .GOOD!” I got a good laugh. That has long been my philosophy.

Just this morning it came to me that both Kit and I exert fair bits of effort, but toward different goals. My energy goes into paying attention to people and circumstances. Kit’s focus goes into physical training . . . running. In conversations, he often fails to pay proper attention.

So — we have come to an agreement. I will start regular running in ernest. And Kit will work on focus and paying attention. Actually, we have both already started. This morning I logged my third run on this trip — a real achievement for me. Kit, later this morning, caught me putting something down randomly — instead of putting it away!

Sharing the challenge of expanding our areas of effort feels good, God. In fact, it feels better than good — it feels right!

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One comment on “Effort vs Easy: A Joint Venture
  1. sandybram says:

    Love this, Mom! Good for both of you! : )

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