So, first off, a word about the Nike advertisements. I’m a runner and in my day I ran 3 NY Marathons, but the most recent was 1991. I see life through the lens of that sort of endeavor. One winner of the NY Marathon said afterwards, “The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare.” There’s a fundamental truth in that. We all want the finish line, but are we willing to do the dawn practice runs on Sunday morning?
In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Nike ran one of the most moving ad campaigns ever: “There is no Finish Line” along with “Just Do It” motivated me to put in the miles and hours so that I could run 26.2 miles in a race.
Now, over 20 years since that last Marathon, those words still motivate me to put in the time and miles and hours to run the race of my life. Of course I want to jump to the finish line, but the finish line of life? Do I really want to jump straight there? No.
So, please pardon my use of those iconic Nike Ads. they still get me out of bed and back on my feet and to the task at hand. I have meetings to go to and meditation to become comfortable with. I’m trying Yoga and learning about Mindfulness. I’m trying, because there really is a finish line, and I have miles to go before I sleep.