Running induced epiphanies are not uncommon. I do some of my best thinking, problem solving, and processing of life’s crap while I run so it isn’t really surprising that I had a big aha moment this morning. That said, credit where credit is due, it may have been inspired by Jim Carrey. Yes, the actor.
Last year, Jim Carrey gave a commencement speech at the Maharishi University of Management graduation ceremony. The original video is 26 minutes long and worthy of taking some time to listen to (it has a lot of comedic stuff too) but there is also a version that is a shorter compilation of some really thought-provoking ideas. The longer version can be found here and the shorter one here.
I listened to the shorter one just before I went on my run this morning, his words still dancing in my head around mile three, when I realized that hope is a Hail Mary. A last-ditch effort to fulfill an expected desire. Yet there is no mention of the work it might take to manifest what you hope for. Or that sometimes you have to ask for it.
I HOPE my hamstrings behave on my run today… I HOPE I set a new PR at my next half marathon… I HOPE I can still find a hotel room in Boston for the marathon…
This has been my typical approach. Wishful thinking that what I need or want will magically happen. By definition, hope is the longing or desire to for something accompanied by the belief in the possibility of its occurrence. I can believe in the possibility of occurrence all I want but if I don’t stretch, ice, roll, or rest my hamstrings, can I be hopeful that they’ll behave?
“It’s about letting the Universe know what you want and working toward it while letting go of how it comes to pass”.
The wise Mr. Carrey suggest we take a chance on Faith instead.
I have FAITH that my hamstrings behave on my run today… I have FAITH that I will set a new PR at my next half marathon… I have FAITH that I can still find a hotel room in Boston for the marathon…
Since I stretched really good yesterday, rolled out, and rested my legs, I have faith that my hamstrings will behave on my run today. I’ve been working really hard, getting in some speed work, and pushing myself. I have faith that I will set a new PR at my next half marathon. There are always cancellations and last-minute changes of plans. I have faith that I will find a hotel in Boston.
Our perception, our reality, is very much our own. I don’t want to rely on hopeful thinking. I want to put my faith in the possibility of occurrence because I am willing to tell the Universe what I want and work toward it.
I have faith in knowing you will have a great Sunday!