When we watch a foot race between relatively equally matched athletes, we understand that they all start the race at the same starting line; however, by the end of the race there usually is one winner, one who comes in last and the rest finish somewhere in between.  We accept this as the natural order of things and we give our accolades to the winner for running a good race and even though we may give credit to the last place finisher for his effort we also acknowledge that he fell short and lost.

Life is a little like that race.   I am all for the proposition that we are all created equal; however, in the race of life, there will be those who finish far ahead of the others with most of us being somewhere in the middle.  Regardless of how society measures success, whether it is based on the accumulation of wealth, acquiring knowledge, the amount of your good deeds, the fulfillment you achieve in your life, or simply the responsibilities you assume for your family, in the race of life, some people have more success than others.

Even as we give our allegiance to equality, we also must embrace the fact that we all do not finish the race of life equally.   Some of us finish strong, some of us barely finish at all, and the rest of us fall somewhere in the middle.   Just as in that foot race, I believe that those people who finish strong deserve our praise and admiration and those that did not run a good race should accept the consequences of having fallen short.

Obviously, I understand that life is more complicated than a simple foot race and that there are many factors, some of which are beyond our control, which could affect our ability to run a good race so to speak.   However, on the other hand, we must also recognize that much of what determines how we finish in the race of life is based on our efforts, our drive, our attitudes and many other factors over which we do have control.

So, on your mark, get set, go!

On Monday, Joe reveals a unique phase in his life that turned out to be of help to him in “My Life Was An Open Book”.