Congratulations, Commitment, and Consequences, by Kevan Worley
The WE Team has returned from Boston. We congratulate our expert advocate athlete, Jessica Beecham. She set a personal best in the marathon. She took 5 minutes off of her previous marathon time. There’s a reason the Boston Marathon has such an extraordinary reputation. Not being a marathoner, even though Jessica and our friends at Achilles are trying to get me to commit to training for the NYC Marathon; I can’t speak to the course logistics and the like. I’ve never had to face “heartbreak hill” after having overcome the three or four hills leading up to it. I do know that the crowds were magnificent. Boston embraces the marathon, all 26.2 miles, and all around the town. They really live the motto, “Boston Strong”. We congratulate Jessica. We congratulate the community. We congratulate the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and their wonderful Team With a Vision. We acknowledge and appreciate that partners who support wellness, recreation, and sport for people with disabilities were also there. Thanks to the United States Association of Blind Athletes for sending Courtney Patterson. She was an amazing volunteer.
We also know that running a marathon or just taking the first few steps toward wellness takes commitment. It is an honor for our team to stand at the forefront of a growing movement of people who care about total fitness. The tremendous response we are getting to the Find Your Fit™ podcasts is emblematic of a growing understanding that a high quality life and a quest for greater longevity can be a reality. But it takes some commitment. Total well-being and health is truly about emotional, spiritual, and physical fitness. Running a marathon, or remembering to take a walk every evening after supper. Reading a self-help or motivational text. Practicing yoga. Better eating habits, or meditation. All have consequences. Not doing those things also has consequences. Thanks to those of you who followed Jessica’s journey on the Marathon Trail, and thanks to those of you who have joined us on a quest for emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being. There are consequences. In my next post, I’ll write about the consequences of not practicing best eating habits while traveling to Boston.