Mary Rasband came over this morning and worked like a whirl wind vacuuming, cleaning, mopping, and just being great company. I appreciate her wonderful service. I tried to be helpful, and she even brought me lunch. After she left. I ate the lunch and then thought I’d lay down on the living room couch for a 1/2 hour before Kai came home at 3:00. Kai came home and then Kawena came at 4:00, and I didn’t even hear them! I didn’t wake up until 4:30! Ever since becoming a mother, I’ve been a light sleeper, but apparently not today!
On the back of the Church News from yesterday, there is an article called the “Race of Life” that I loved! (understandably because it’s all about running and finishing.) Here’s the race story–
Cliff Young a 61-year-old farmer and rancher, walked up to the registration table of the 1983 Sydney-to-Melbourne race in Australia and took his number. He then joined the world-class athletes half his age, dressed in specialized athletic gear and shoes, at the starting line of the 543.6 mile endurance race–considered the worlds longest and toughest ultra marathon. Cliff was wearing overalls and work boots.
The media immediately began asking questions and Cliff told his story. He came from a large ranch outside Melbourne. He thought he could run the race because, since his youth, he had needed to run for two to three days straight rounding up sheep before and during storms.
No one believed he could finish the taxing race, many believed he would die trying. Not only had he not trained for the race, but also he didn’t run correctly, instead moving with an odd shuffle. Further Cliff insisted on running the race without sleep. He pressed forward as the other athletes stopped every 18 hours to a 6-hour nap.
His sheer tenacity paid off. Although he ran slower than most of the athletes and trailed most of the race, Cliff eventually gained the lead and won! He set a new course record. Pres. Monson told this story, and advised, “Comforting is the fact that there are many runners, reassuring is the knowledge that our eternal scorekeeper is understanding. Challenging is the truth that each must run. But you and I do not run alone. The vast audience of family, friends, and leaders will cheer our courage, will applaud our determination as we rise from our stumblings and pursue our goal. The race of life is not for sprinters running on a level track. The course is marked by pitfalls and checkered with obstacles…Let us shed any thought of failure.“