07 May 2008 |
Posted by Lama Surya Das | 1 Comment.
I took my eleven year old next door neighbor to the Boston marathon finish line today, and we had a great time. Hundreds of thousands of people lined Boylston Street, right in the heart of town where the Boston Public Library– first in America– and the Trinity Church stand.
The end of the women’s race was especially exciting, with a youthful 22 year old African girl running away from the Russian champion (winner of last years marathon here) after running side by side for miles and miles.
My brother the mad scientist ran in this race once or twice, and I met him near the end. At the time I thought: ya gotta be truly mad to endure this!
Today, deep in my middle years, upon observing the determination, stamina, heart and grace of these elite athletes, I thought to myself: How good it would be if we could put anything like their discipline and commitment into our ownspiritual pursuits and altruistic community activities. Anything is possible. We could literally change the world!