In the last 32 days I have never heard him complain or say one negative word. He has never demonstrated or showed any misgivings. Neither have I seen him taking a break longer than a few minutes. In fact Ananda-Lahari is almost perpetual motion itself. Though his speed may vary in comparison to the other runners.
This morning he completed 1600 miles.
In those 32 days Ananda-Lahari has never been late for a 6 am start and though I haven’t seen it in person. Because I am already home in bed, he stays until there is just no more time on the clock.
There are many aspects of running 3100 miles in 52 days that are just categorically impossible. But there are times when I feel that I cannot even match Ananda-Lahari’s positive attitude for even 52 minutes.
The weather today has been typically New York intolerable. I felt myself grumble the moment I picked up my gear to head over to the race this morning.
The moment I talked with Ananda-Lahari I could not help but see what a waste of time it is to be negative. Even the very best of us I am sure circle their wagons around a ‘woe is me attitude’ from time to time. But to the best of my knowledge I have never heard or seen it in Ananda-Lahari.
My first question of him is a perfect example. I ask if there is anything he would like to change. “Lets see how the day goes but until now I wouldn’t change anything.” (It is really hot and humid)
When asked if there were aspects of himself he would like to change. “Yes, many things.”
“Everything has its own time. So like slowly and steadily. We are all working on ourselves. All humanity. Everybody wants to be happier. We are working on it.”
I am curious if humanity has to be conscious of making progress. “As far as I understand it is good if you are conscious of it. But even if you are not conscious it is still taking place, but slowly. It can be faster if we are conscious.”
“I believe in reincarnation. I believe we live many lives. So I am talking in long term. Changing human nature to be come better people.”
“Even if someone is really good, still he or she can be much nicer still. We have unlimited possibilities and capacities.”
Ananda-Lahari says that he has changed a lot over the past 12 years of coming to the race. “Yes many. Definitely I enjoy life more. I enjoy life much much more.”
Every day I enjoy
The newness of my life’s
In the spiritual life,
We must enjoy
Each forward step
Along the way.