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Outcome, Intention, and Marathons of Life

This is thoughts on the page and post before I stop and really figure out what I want/need/am trying to say. I started with one thing, ended with another. In short, a perfect example of what this post is about.

When I was running (a great many miles) Sunday, I passed a man who was wearing a shirt with a quote that ran along the lines of the following: history records results; your intentions don’t matter. Obviously, I am phrasing this rather loosely, and I wish that I could be more specific, but I had run 19 miles at the point, and my memory of scenes from my runs are foggy at the best of times, so you’ll have to forgive me.


Regardless, the shirt got me thinking (always a fatal error).

The quote was meant to be applied to running/competing, and the fact that people don’t remember if you started the “race,” but whether or not you crossed the finish line. While, yes, I can see that being incredibly true in certain milieu, I have a real and aching problem with this being applied to running/competing. No, I am not the person who thinks that everyone should always get a gold medal in everything, but I definitely think that those who put the effort in should be recognized for their intentions. I have a real problem with people who saunter across finish lines with a devil-may-care attitude, regardless of how well they do.


I think this is by and large because, though I am thumbs up at just about everything (wait for me, here), there isn’t anything that I feel I can say HOLY CRAP THIS IS MY CALLING. There is little that comes “naturally” to me. Pretty much everything that I am now what you would consider “above average” at, I have fought for. I have put in serious time, effort, and emotion into. I came in with intention, but that doesn’t mean I always achieved the desired result. (Helloooooo job search)


We all run marathons in our life–sometimes they are measured to be 26.2 miles. Sometimes they are learning a new language, getting a degree, learning to cook. But whether you are a runner, a stay at home mom, a student, or just trying to figure out what you want to be, know that we all have our marathons. And some of us are gifted runners, others are not. But start with intention, build with execution, and move towards result. You might not get the result that you originally intended to get. But here is my question to all of you:

Does it matter?

What matters in marathons and life? The intention? The follow through? Or whether or not you hit a home run?

I don’t have the answers to this. I don’t expect you to, either. I am just interested to know what you think. I see both sides of the coin.

“I believe that we must align our

What I truly know is that, at the end of the day, what matters most is that you are a good person who lives with morals, ethics, and encourages others to do the same. Falling short of that intention is, in my opinion, the only true failure in life.

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