Sunday, June 12, 2011

To see the race to its end ...

As Eric Liddell runs the last race in the movie Chariots of fire, he speaks these words: Where does the power come from... to see the race to its end? From within. The quote makes the whole scene rise a few notches.

Seeing a race to its end. Very interesting. Almost everything that a man begins has a purpose. Whether the purpose is revealed at the beginning or not is a separate matter. However, what is important to understand is the commitment to see it across the finish line. Many waver and never close it out. Jerry Macguire might claim this is what separates the best from the rest. I dont know if it can be so simple. Anyway, what I want to know is whether the commitment is towards the completion of the race or just to continue to be a part of the race. Now, lets juxtapose these two: race and life. The finest souls might interpret life as something beyond any race. But for argument's sake, let me keep this analogy. Now, think about Eric Liddell's quote. Where does the power come from? From within. It seems a logical follow up. But do we sometimes need an external motivation? May be to stoke the dormant fire inside? Hmmm.

Seeing a race to its end is a beautiful concept. Not because you want something to end. Not because you are eager to see what lies beyond. But mainly to look back and realize what you have learnt along the way.

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