The Dark Side
The past few weeks have brought with them some challenges. Many of these trials feel like they have a dark side to them. As I was reflecting on the best way to handle each of these tests of my mettle, I remembered a story that I heard many years ago. It is the story of The Legend of Cliff Young. It goes like this.
In 1983 Cliff Young showed up to the starting line of one of the world’s toughest races. Every year, Australia hosts a 544-mile ultra marathon from Sydney to Melbourne. This race has been coined as one of the most grueling endurance races in which someone can compete. This event takes five days to complete and as a rule only world-class athletes who train exclusively for this race dare to enter.
I Can Do This
Cliff Young was a 61-year old farmer who showed up in his Osh Kosh overalls and workboots with galoshes over the top to run the race. Cliff lived with his mother, had never been married, and had never run in any kind of a competitive race before. He was asked by reporters if he had any sponsors or backers. People said he was crazy and that he would never finish the race. Cliff told the reporters that he grew up on a farm with no horses or four wheelers to round up the sheep on the farm. Cliff talked about having to gather the