Can You Outrun The Beast Of Terror In Your Backyard?
ZERO PLUS 1152 DAYS,--New York, NY, Sunday, November
I walked the route where more than 30,000 runners will jam the
streets in search of athletic glory.
Marathon finish line at 66th St and Central Park West
vast majority, such glory will be measured simply by crossing
the finish line at 66th and Central Park West--a feat that taxes
one's physical, mental and often spiritual resolve. Finishing
is winning for anyone who enters a marathon because the nature
of the race is to eliminate those who try and climb the runner's
It is all
about endurance, resolve, commitment, training and a dedication
to overpower all the Beasts of Terror that set up ambushes along
the 26.5 circuitous route through all five boroughs that comprise
New York City's eight million citizens.
enjoy walking the route through Central Park the day before,
and then, the morning of the race. Currently, it is 5:30 a.m.
as I write this. In a few minutes, I will leave the East Village
and journey up to Central Park where I will walk to the finish
line and stand, inhaling the fragrance of victory and defeat,
both of which the race creates.
is not just another running event.
It is all
about Vigilance and Terrorism.
sent a runner 26.5 miles to rally the citizens against
go back to around 480 B.C. when the Persians--in those days
the al Qaeda of its time--marshalled around 250,000 troops to
invade Greece. To enter the country, the Persians had to move
through a narrow mountain pass called Thermopylae.
five hundred Spartans held off tens of thousands of Persian
invaders at Thermopylae
Spartan warriors vowed to hold the Persians back, and they sent
a runner to get reinforcements. The journey for the runner was
26.5 miles. He was the first marathoner.
goal was to rally the citizens, to warn the community of Greece
that the "Terrorists were coming," and that they must
prepare to fight them.
the five hundred Spartans held off the tens of thousands of
Persian invaders. It was a herculean task, historically captured
in both poetry and lore.
many messages for modern times born from the Persian War battles
between the Spartans and the Middle Eastern Terrorists of the
those is Vigilance.
is the sum of one's Courage, Conviction and Right Actions that
benefit future generations, then what the five hundred Spartans
did to thwart the assault of nearly a quarter million invaders
stands as a symbol to all that protecting one's home brings
out in all of us incredible powers.
the legend of the Spartans still lives on today. In famous Greek
poetry the Spartans who died defending Thermopylae are buried
at the mouth of the pass, and they remind the living today to
be wary of invaders. They tell those familiar with the poem
and history that they are standing guard--they are our Sentinels
of Vigilance--reminding us to keep our guards up against the
Beast of Terror who waits patiently for us to become Complacent,
to let down our guard.
also the message delivered by the runner who carried the message
to the people to warn them and to marshall support for the besieged
Spartans. But history offers a variety of backdrops for how
the marathon came about.
one of them:
Pheidippides (Greek: Fe?d?pp?d??),
sometimes given as Phidippides or Philippides), hero of Ancient
Greece, is the central figure in a myth which was the inspiration
for the modern sporting event, the marathon.
The traditional story relates that Pheidippides,
an Athenian herald, ran the 42 km (26 miles) from the battlefield
at Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory over Persia
in the Battle of Marathon (490 BC) with the words "Nike!",
or "Victory!" and died on the spot. Most accounts
incorrectly attribute this story to the historian Herodotus,
who wrote the history of the Persian Wars in his Histories
(composed about 440 BC).
Browning gave a version of the traditional story in
his 1879 poem Pheidippides.
when Persia was dust, all cried, "To Acropolis!
Run, Pheidippides, one race more! the meed is thy due!
Athens is saved, thank Pan, go shout!"
are other such stories, and in each is laced the commitment
and dedication of the runner to carry a message to the people
of either victory or the need to rally forces against great
flung down his shield
Ran like fire once more: and the space 'twixt the fennel-field
And Athens was stubble again, a field which a fire runs
Till in he broke: "Rejoice, we conquer!" Like
wine through clay,
Joy in his blood bursting his heart, he died - the bliss!
fighting Terrorism is about challenging one's self in a long-range
battle that requires incredible endurance. This is especially
true if one sees "Terrorism" as an invasion of our
thinking systems, where we tend to allow our thoughts to tell
us: "we're not good enough, smart enough, thin enough,
liked enough, loved enough, cared for enough, respected enough,
as pretty as, as handsome as, as lucky as, as worthy as..."
and an endless set of depreciating, deprecating thoughts that
tend to cripple and hobble our images of our selves so that
we become walking victims of our own "Beast of Terror Within."
want to be happy, joyous and free people, true citizens of prosperity
so that we might pass on the best of our world to our children,
then we must be free of, or able to battle, our Beasts of Terror
on earth can decimate us worse than we ourselves when we look
into the mirror and think we see a "loser, a failure, a
victim, a not-so-worthy person who could have been and wasn't."
if we think in terms of a marathoner, and we are willing to
think Vigilant Thoughts to combat Terror Thoughts, we have the
great chance of running the race of life and being victorious
one day at a time.
runners use their mental powers to fuel their physical bodies
when they reach a point where it seems they cannot lift their
legs or gasp enough air to fill their bursting lungs. They "reach
outside themselves" for that strength to go the next hundred
yards, or even the next step.
marathoners can do the same by looking outside themselves to
the real reason they run the race. That is the knowledge they
are fighting their own Beast of Terror to prove to the children
and the Children's Children's Children that it can be done.
the selfless act of being inspired from the outside that gives
the insides the strength to battle the hoards of Terror Thoughts
that bark: "You're not good enough...you're not worthy
enough...you're not smart enough...you're not able enough..."
and a barrage of other assaults on the value of the self trying
to cripple and hamstring each Vigilance Marathoner into falling
down and giving up.
the Beast of Terror not just to convert one's self into a Sentinel
of Vigilance, but to do so as an example to a child that tells
the child he or she can overpower such Terror Thoughts, is the
key to completing and even winning the race.
it all starts with a challenge.
we think Vigilant Thoughts to combat Terror Thoughts,
we can run a victorious race of life
with someone signing up for the Marathon of Vigilance and then
being willing to practice its principles daily.
starts with taking the Pledge of Vigilance.
the Pledge waits for your signature.
sign it today, you can start on a long and rewarding journey
to become a Marathoner of Vigilance.
the race you have won, for those who stand back and watch lose.
They will never know the taste of victory begins with setting
foot on the road to Vigilance. They will never know that the
Marathon Route is lined with the faces of the Children's Children's
Children, and that the ultimate joy in life is knowing that
your own fears, intimidations and complacencies pale when you
realize the price of surrendering to them means you give up
hope for the future of the children...that by surrendering to
the Beast of Terror today you allow Vigilance to die.
pick up the pen or pencil.
the Pledge of Vigilance.
a Marathoner of Vigilance and in the process, a Parent of Vigilance
for the future of the Children's Children's Children.
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