Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
This quote really spoke to me. I am not a huge Joseph Campbell fan, and considering the dark books he wrote, I find it surprising that this quote is from him.
I am sure a lot of people will write about the joy of the season, the joy in their family, yadda yadda, and these are all good topics.
Not being Christian, I don’t really find December particularly joyous. The days are short and I just want to curl up in a ball and hibernate and am ready to fall asleep at 7 pm (and sometimes I do while we’re watching tv).
Not to mention all the back and forth with Chester is really wearing me out. It’s not just the sleep deprivation, it’s the back and forth between thinking it’s time, and then it’s not, but maybe it is . . . and so on.
So no, I won’t be writing about this joyous season.
Back to that quote. Running is hard; we all know that. Whether you run 20 minute miles or 7 minute miles, it’s hard. The non runner shakes his head and wonders why anyone would do that (in fact, I pretty much had that very conversation with my niece over the weekend).
Every runner, if they run long enough, also knows the joy of a race well run, the joy they feel after a hard workout, the joy they feel in tackling a new distance, the joy they feel in a crowd of runners waiting for a race to start.
That is, in fact, the secret to running (much like child birth, I imagine): the joy erases the pain (at least sometimes).
I have said to my husband, on more than one occasion, after a run or a race, that he doesn’t have to run; but I hope that he finds something that makes him feel like I do after a race.
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
And just change that quote to “physical effort” and you have another great quote for runners.