So I’ve done reading a book called “The Great Run” by Braam Malherbe. Now, this guy ran the length of the Great wall in China, all 4200Km of it in 98 days (it is actually over 20 000km long including all the sub branches of the wall). Apart from just the sheer magnitude of covering a marathon distance day in and day out, there was some valuable lessons in the book as well. Now Braam is no JK Rowling, but he pointed out a really important lessons that he learned from running the wall, that luckily he passed on in the book for other not to keen on running through China to discover it.
Braam being the environmentalist that he is, pointed out how clear you could see the impact humans are having on the plant. From going days without spotting even a bird or any other animals for that matters, to seeing first hand the effects our farming practises have on once fertile lands. Braam rightfully points out that if humans put effort and time together, even building something of the magnitude of the Great Wall is possible, so solving climate change should be more than just possible in theory at the end of the day. All that is needed is leadership and the will from each individual to do their own part, and most of it can be achieved just by changing small habits in our everyday life. Recycle instead of trashing, buy organic (or even beter plant your own) and travel using as little fuel as possible.
Braam also highlighted his own dealings with various resentments and struggles with the lure of modern society in his previous life. Lily Tomlin said once, that the problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you are still a rat. Seems only a lucky few realise this before the wheel stops turning. Braam was lucky enough to have learned this lesson, even if it was the hard way of loosing home in the process. In the end, being close to nature provided the answer to his passions and happiness.
The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you are still a rat. - Lily Tomlin
Braam talks about having learned that he needs to ask forgiveness, most importantly forgive himself, and only then move on. This sound simple and obvious in theory, but is is as difficult as can be to do in practice. We humans have a thing for seeking acceptance for what we do from other and would be so consumed with this goal that we would be miserable in our attempts to please others. John Keynes said once, that in the long run we, we are all dead. Beter to be dead and happy than alive and miserable it seems.
Also mentioned in the book, was that one of the best drivers for his own happiness was the idea that what would you see, if all was said and done, if you met the person you could have been had you lived a life true to who you really are. I don’t know about you, but this idea is frightening to say the least. Might just be what is needed to procrastinate a little less about things and sure some life editing will be at the order of the day for most, present company included.
What would the potential you look like???