Monday, November 12, 2007

Motivation Monday

"Thus I urge you to go on to your greatness if you believe it is in you. Think deeply and separate what you wish from what you are prepared to do."

-Percy Cerutty

As I glided through the streets this evening, headed to the track for speedwork, this quote went racing through my mind. I received it in my inbox Friday morning, and read it, almost tearing up, at the mere irony that this quote would be today's "Runner's World Kick in the Butt" for myself. I am "just an ordinary girl"...but there is a fire that burns inside me always nudging me to "go on to (my) greatness". I really don't know what that greatness is. Maybe it's being the best mom that I can be for my boys. Maybe it's somehow finding a career that I will love and excel in. Maybe it's finally taking my foot bath over to the nursing home and giving pedicures to the old ladies free of charge...I've always wanted to do that on a regular basis. Maybe it's finally sorting out and finding contentment in my faith. Maybe it's getting the sub 4 hr marathon. Maybe it's becoming an IronMan. Maybe it's a combination of them all.

What is it for you? What forms of greatness lie just ahead, waiting for you? Waiting for you to make your move. To go all in. Full speed ahead.

I am a fairly conservative southern lady, but I will surprise you sometimes. The fire burns deep. It burns hot. It burns long. It burns of the desire for greatness.

If you feel the fire burning, don't even think about putting it out. Percy urges you "to go on to your greatness". Nothing is impossible. We don't have any clue as to the limits of our bodies...and even more so the limits of the mind. Feed the fire. Stoke it. Go out and get your greatness, whatever it might be.


Wes said...

Greatness for me is probing the boundaries of my potentital...

TriSonq said...

Wow, did I need to hear that quote this week.

Thanks. I printed it out and stuck it on my wall!

Joe said...

Thanks for sharing that nugget.

Joe said...

Remember the old saying that "charity starts at home"? Perhaps your greatness quest should begin by being the best mom you can be. Then move on to the nursing home.

I collected 416 pounds of food for the food bank on Halloween night. I felt a sense of greatness after that. The other stuff (e.g. winning swimming races, getting the big promotion) are not as important.

E-Speed said...

very good quote!

Papa Louie said...

Great motivation quote.
Hey Lana, I wanted to update you on my new blog address.

Anonymous said...

You need to be a writer. Your words are real and inspiring for the working mothers out there desiring to be something different or more. You write what so many of us are thinking.

Tri-Dummy said...

...the limits of the mind.

I agree. You'll see. Ironman is 10% physical ability, 90% mental.

You have a year to get your head in the game...sounds like you're there already!

Go Lana!

RunBubbaRun said...

You got me motivated.

great quote,,