5k Leadership Lesson – It’s not about me!

October 10th, 2011 by Gallagher John 2 Comments

On September 24, I completed my 3rd 5K.  I ran another personal best:  29:11.  I almost didn’t run in this race.  I originally had it on my schedule, but had come down with a cold, so my prep was ‘off’.  I didn’t think I would be able to do it…too hard…

Then, I got a call from a great friend whose wife was going in for surgery due to the onset of breast cancer.  Her life was changed forever due to this daggum ‘c’-word.  I wondered what I could do.  Certainly, I could pray…and I did.  Then, I was reminded of the upcoming race just days away…”Fired Up for a Cure”…a cure for breast cancer that is!  Suddenly, my cold didn’t seem so limiting anymore.

In the past 6 months, the ‘c’ word has popped up with no fewer than 4 close family friends. 

Each time I find myself complaining while training/exercising by running (which I hate!), I am reminded of the pain these friends are enduring in their race to beat cancer.  30 minutes of heavy breathing is NOTHING.  I should be honoring them. 

A personal best is not about me…it’s about me honoring those friends.  Thank you for being an inspiration to me.

So, what is that small item that you want to regularly complain about that, if you really think about, you could honor someone by completing that task with excellence?!

  • Stan Buck

    Run Forrest, Run!

    (Thanks John for your compassion and care for others!)

  • My pleasure, Stan. Praying for you.