Day 40: Anything Is Possible

As someone who is prone to grumbling and forecasting that the sky is falling; a slow or fast lap around the course with Ananda-Lahari is one of the best antidotes I know to clinging negativity.  He is literally always positive.  Even today when he is almost 1,000 miles shy of the goal and only 12 days left to do it, he is happy.

He is so content in doing this impossible ordeal, that he is now running for the 17th time that I feel ashamed to complain about any of the real or imagined problems that seem to wash over me when I least expect it.

Sri Chinmoy Ultra photo

It is impossible to be glum when he and you are striding along and the smile he is wearing is so dazzling you can feel so unprepared for the cascade of cheerfulness that simply washes over you when in his presence.

Sri Chinmoy Ultra photo

I can’t complain when I run with Ananda-Lahari. I simply am required to retreat to my own heart which is a place that he seems to have taken up residence for an enormous portion of his day, and which I am told we all should do a lot more of.

Sri Chinmoy Ultra photo

I just have to smile when we are together.  Sometimes not so great a smile which may more resemble an abbreviated frown under closer inspection but a smile nonetheless.

The board at the start of day 40



Vasu requests a massage

Vajra obliges

Andrea checks the numbers

Nina and Rupantar




Start Day 40

Andrea ran 74 miles

He now has 2801 miles

A tremendous effort



Olga counting

Wei Ming did 63 miles

He now has 2488 miles

Completing 4000 km last night

Doing so well


Molly and Renrick from the park

The boys

Vasu did 62 miles

He now has 2441 miles

With Sasha




Harita did 60 miles

She now has 2385 miles

With Rotraud

Doing well


Nina and Olga


Flower counting

Takasumi did 60 miles

He now has 2330 miles

With Nina



Sahishnu the mailman

Stutisheel did 34 miles

He now has 2242 miles



The inner hope
Is infinitely stronger than
The outer possibilities.

2 thoughts on “Day 40: Anything Is Possible”

  1. Priceless photos, hearts and souls peering from the screen! Utpal, your keen interest in, and love for people bring us these amazing moments.

  2. Hi to all of you, runners and helpers
    It is so nice and inspiring to see you all doing your best, every day, and making this amazing race possible, every day, every minute.
    You realize the dream of our Master and our inspiring guide, Sri Chinmoy.
    I wish i could be with you to encourage you in my humble way; in Ottawa and Canada, we are there with you and follow each step of your amazing journey!
    In His Oneness, Utsahi

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