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It’s Not a Sprint

By Steven O. Evans, PhD


It’s already October. First, Happy Halloween! We are in the home stretch of 2020 and the uncertainty of 2021 is real.

Usually our lives are a sprint. We run from place to place. Text and email push to our phones. Thousands of hours of content to stream to every TV and mobile device. We race to the gym to run on a treadmill. Our days are filled with meetings, to do lists, conference calls, and many other tasks.

But, time is moving at a rate unlike what we have never experienced before. It has thrown us off balance, as people, companies, cities, and nations. It’s almost as if our perception of the space-time continuum¹ has been put into a mix of pause, slow motion, play, and fast forward.

So, maybe we should see our lives more as a marathon². We have to take time to breathe. It’s OK to relax, reflect, turn off the news, and recenter ourselves. Stretch. Build your mind, body, and soul in a way that will endure the pandemic. Be aware of the other runners. Remember, you’re not running this race alone. Reach out for help when you need it. There are also fans in the stands cheering you on, even when you don’t notice them. Wear the right shoes so you are always ready for whatever journey comes your way. And most importantly, the runners in a marathon can’t usually see the finish line. They can only see the part of the race they are in. Keep your mind on the end, for this too, shall pass. We may only see part now, but endure and we will surface better and greater.

Remember friends, is happiness abounding³?

Much love and cheer,

Steven O. Evans, PhD

Publisher & Editor in Chief

¹  Coxeter, H. (Aug 1975). Historia Mathematica. 2(3) 289-298.

² See also Ephesians 6:10-18.

³ As quoted from and in memory of Dr. Angela Easterday-Holder, former Chair and Professor of Music at Carson-Newman University.