Monday, 15 August 2011

Love This Reason for Running - 60 days to go

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami writes this about his life of running, in his book 'What I Talk About When I Talk About Running':

'Even if from the outside, or from some higher vantage point, this sort of life looks pointless or futile, or even extremely inefficient, it doesn't bother me. Maybe it's some pointless act like....pouring water into an old pan that has a hole in the bottom, but at least the effort you put into it remains. Whether it's good for anything or not, cool or totally uncool, in the final analysis what's most important is what you can't see but can feel in your heart. To be able to grasp something of value, sometimes you have to perform seemingly inefficient acts. But even activities that appear fruitless don't necessarily end up so. That's the feeling I have, as someone who's felt this, who's experienced it'.

Yes, it's what's going on inside that matters. I think it gives an explanation too for lots we do in life that seem, on the outside, to be pretty pointless to in uninitiated. It's what goes on in the heart that matters. As soon as I read that I thought; 'yes, that just about sums up having faith in God too and living life as a Christian'. It's not the first time, and I'm sure won't be the last, that running has informed my spiritual life.

This morning, it poured down with rain as soon as I stepped out the door. But I enjoy the rain when I get soaked through. It no longer becomes uncomfortable. It's just the opposite of being dry. And it kept my mind out of my legs a bit.

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