Now that the Olympics are over, I had a few thoughts. First of all, I thought it was interesting (actually disturbing, but let’s go with interesting)… anyway, I thought it was interesting that human beings have pushed the development of their muscles to the point where they can now break their own bones. There was the guy who tried to lift weights so heavy that his elbow snapped. And then there was the guy who ran so hard that his leg just broke (and… he kept on running!). I don’t really know what to think of all that.
But the more prevalent thought in my mind right now has to do with the discussion about medals. People were talking about whether it’s better to win a bronze than a silver, because it might not feel so much like losing. This is part of the bigger conversation about whether getting the silver is more like winning second place (better than all save one) or more like losing to the person who got the gold (a dream unfulfilled, etc.). To me, all of that is nonsense.
As far as I’m concerned, all of the athletes are winners. I know that sounds trite, but here’s what I mean. If you get to go to the Olympics, you win. Not just because you get to go to the Olympics, but because it means you got to spend the last four years (not to mention the better part of your life) not having to work a day job. Of course it’s a lot of hard work, but you got to do something you love for a living. (Unless of course you live in one of those countries where they force you to do it, but that’s a different conversation.)
Speaking as one who has had jobs that I hated, and who now has a job that I love, I know the value, the blessing, the privilege, the gift that it is to get to do something you love for a living. If you get to do that, you’re golden – regardless of any accolades. Sure, winning awards would be nice – it would mean that your peers and fans appreciate your work, or that you’re at the top of your field. When I get a good review on one of my books it makes my day, and it’s a little like winning something. But that’s not why I do it. I do if for the lifestyle.
This is what the Spiritual Blueprint method is all about. Success is not about accomplishments or achieving goals. Success is a lifestyle. Happiness is not in the destination, but in the journey. Otherwise, happiness may never come, or if it does, it’s fleeting. Focus on running the race, because the finish line will come when it comes, and the result is often out of your control. But the way you live your life – that is under your control.
The author of the Letter to the Hebrews wrote: Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Run the race – walk the walk – whatever metaphor carries the right amount of physical exertion for you. Live life intentionally, and find the joy in the journey, so that you will have no regrets when you get to the finish line.