I use the metaphor of life being like a race quite a bit. I've thought about how to be a silent threat, how to compete quietly, while gradually sneaking up on the competition. That's how I compete. I don't even know if I'll ever win, but I always compete the way I know how. Gradually, and by following daily guidelines. Consistency is the key to winning. And while that guy in the blue uniform may have been in the back at the start of the race, he eventually finished first. That's because he knew it wasn't just about how you start off. It's how you muscle through the rough times, while keeping that smile on! That's when you know you've made it!
And there are times when it simply means more, because maybe there was a shadow of a doubt that you might not finish at all, and you found that you actually won! Whatever it is that you want to accomplish, you can achieve it. It may not happen exactly when or where you expect it to, but success can be achieved, and it must be achieved for us to feel a sense of accomplishment in our lives. This is the mainstay of the human experience....always striving to achieve.