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All It Takes Is A Little Motivation

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Benjamin.Bradley   on May 3 2012, 06:05 AM

Well folks. I've sure been out of the blogging game for a while. I'm missing my time of being able to sit down and right about my passion for such great sports. For the past couple of months I have been incredibly busy coordinating and coaching the Track program for the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis and I must say it has been the adventure of a lifetime. There have been ups and downs and twists and turns, but all in all, I could not be more proud of how my youngsters have been doing on and off of the track. This has been an experience I would not trade for anything. Due to the busy-ness of all of this, I have fallen behind in my other passion of writing. So I decided to sit down and give myself a little motivation, because sometimes that is all it takes. The following story was not written by me and I could not find the original author of the piece, but found several sources claiming it is from Family Times. My father used to read this story in talks at church and sometimes when he felt our family needed a little extra motivation. The following is my favorite poem/sermon of all time and has been for many years. I believe it holds a special place in my heart due to my love of Track & Field and Cross Country, but it also holds true to life in general. I hope you all enjoy this and find a little extra motivation to put toward whatever you may need. This piece is entitled "The Race". 

“Quit!” “Give up, you’re beaten,” they shout and plead 
there’s just too much against you now, this time you can’t succeed. 
And as I start to hang my head in front of failure’s face, 
my downward fall is broken by the memory of a race.


And hope refills my weakened will as I recall that scene, 
for just the thought of that short race rejuvenates my being.
A children’s race, young boys, young men; how I remember well, 
excitement sure, but also fear, it wasn’t hard to tell.


They all lined up so full of hope, each thought to win that race 
or tie for first, or if not that, at least take second place.
Their fathers watched from off the side, each cheering for his son, 
and each boy hoped to show his dad that he would be the one.


The whistle blew and off they went, young hearts and hopes of fire, 
to win, to be the hero there, was each young boy’s desire.
One boy in particular, his dad was in the crowd, 
was running near the lead and thought “My dad will be so proud.”


But as he speeded down the field across a shallow dip, 
the little boy who thought to win, lost his step and slipped.
Trying hard to catch himself, his hands, flew out to brace, 
and mid the laughter of the crowd he fell flat on his face.


So, down he fell and with him hope, he couldn’t win it now. 
Embarrassed, sad, he only wished to disappear somehow.
But as he fell his dad stood up and showed his anxious face, 
which to the boy so clearly said, “Get up and win that race!”


He quickly rose, no damage done, behind a bit that’s all, 
and ran with all his mind and might to make up for his fall.
So anxious to restore himself, to catch up and to win, 
his mind went faster than his legs, he slipped and fell again.


He wished that he had quit before with one disgrace. 
“I’m hopeless as a runner now, I shouldn’t try to race.”
But, in the laughing crowd he searched and found his father’s face, 
that steady look that said again, “Get up and win that race!”


So he jumped up to try again, ten yards behind the last, 
if I’m going to gain those yards, he thought, I’ve got to run real fast.
Exceeding everything he had, he regained eight or ten, 
but trying so hard to catch the lead, he slipped and fell again.


Defeat! He lay there silently, a tear dropped from his eye, 
there’s no sense running anymore—three strikes I’m out—why try'
The will to rise had disappeared, all hope had fled away, 
so far behind, so error prone, closer all the way.


“I’ve lost, so what’s the use,” he thought, “I’ll live with my disgrace.” 
But then he thought about his dad, who soon he’d have to face.
“Get up,” an echo sounded low. “Get up and take your place. 
You were not meant for failure here, get up and win that race.”


With borrowed will, “Get up,” it said, “you haven’t lost at all, 
for winning is not more than this; to rise each time you fall.”
So, up he rose to run once more, and with a new commit, 
he resolved that win or lose, at least he wouldn’t quit.


So far behind the others now, the most he’d ever been, 
still he gave it all he had and ran as though to win.
Three times he’d fallen stumbling, three times he rose again. 
Too far behind to hope to win, he still ran to the end.


They cheered the winning runner as he crossed, first place; 
head high and proud and happy—no falling, no disgrace.
but, when the fallen youngster crossed the line, last place, 
the crowd gave him the greater cheer for finishing the race.


And even though he came in last with head bowed low, unproud, 
you would have thought he’d won the race, to listen to the crowd.
And to his dad he sadly said, “I didn’t do so well.” 
To me, you won,” his father said. “You rose each time you fell.”


And now when things seem dark and hard and difficult to face, 
the memory of that little boy helps me in my own race.
For all of life is like that race, with ups and downs and all. 
And all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.


“Quit!” “Give up, you’re beaten,” they still shout in my face, 
but another voice within me says, “GET UP AND WIN THAT RACE.”


Thank you all! Be looking for my blogs again, starting this upcoming Sunday.
Shout out to all of you out there in TRACK NATION!

Benjamin Bradley 

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peteregan
IMO, quitting is about as disgraceful an act as an athlete can engage in on the field of play. Losing with dignity is still losing, but it's still infinitely more respectable than quitting.
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