Friday, December 21, 2007

A Light Unto My Path

"Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished." ~Michael Strassfeld

This morning it was again dark and cold, but I had my favorite running buddies Ray and Laurel -- and a bright headlamp! -- to inspire a beautiful long run through Duke's cross country course as the sun rose.

Without that circle of support and the light of that tiny bulb, it would have been all to easy to (1) slip into routine and run the same old course through my neighborhood; (2) pushed too hard or gone too easy; or (3) rolled back over and just decided this morning's run just wasn't worth it.

We all need training partners, supporters, encouragers, challengers, and safety nets to help light our way and guide us through the maze of life. This simple principle is also being used in the movement to end homelessness. You can read all about communities are coming together to help out their neighbors HERE.