Three weeks left until the end of summer, and the end of our 100 Day Challenge to a Fruitful Summer! I sincerely hope you have enjoyed the challenge, and met or closed in on some of your goals.
Today’s gardening portion of the challenge is a bit of a stretch…or maybe a big stretch! Oh, well. It works for me!
Growing up I remember watching the Popeye cartoons. Popeye’s strength came from eating spinach. Canned spinach, I believe. No, this is not a push to get you to eat more spinach. Especially canned spinach! My point is about Popeye’s catch phrase. “I’m strong to the ‘finich’ ‘cause I eats me spinach”… Yes, Popeye has been persuading people to finish strong for years.
With three weeks left, I am sharing one of my favorite stories with you, about finishing strong.
At 7 P.M. on October 20, 1968, a few thousand spectators remained in the Mexico City Olympic Stadium. It was cool and dark. The last of the marathon runners, each exhausted, were being carried off to first-aid stations. More than an hour earlier, Mamo Wolde of Ethiopia–looking as fresh as when he started the race–crossed the finish line, the winner of the 26-mile, 385-yard event.
As the remaining spectators prepared to leave, those sitting near the marathon gates suddenly heard the sound of sirens and police whistles. All eyes turned to the gate. A lone figure wearing number 36 and the colors of Tanzania entered the stadium. His name was John Stephen Akhwari. He was the last man to finish the marathon. He had fallen during the race and injured his knee and ankle. Now, with his leg bloodied and bandaged, he grimaced with each hobbling step around the 400-meter track.
The spectators rose and applauded him. After crossing the finish line, Akhwari slowly walked off the field. Later, a reporter asked Akhwari the question on everyone’s mind: “Why did you continue the race after you were so badly injured?”
He replied, “My country did not send me 7,000 miles to start the race. They sent me 7,000 miles to finish it.” Wes Thompson
With that, my lovelies, I leave you to move toward your goals with renewed passion and speed!
Today’s Challenge: See how close you are to the finish line, and vow to finish strong!