On Sunday, I ran my first ever marathon. How did it go? That is not an easy question to answer. There are two answers: horrible and great. How can you have two contradictory answers to the same question that are both true? Well, I think these two answers also both work for the question: How is life? Life is great and life is horrible. Isn’t it Buddha who said “life is suffering”? But it doesn’t make you not want to live life. The secret is that beyond the suffering there is joy and there is also joy in suffering.
I’m currently training for my first marathon. I have a training plan that I follow. The idea is that if I follow this plan to the letter, I will be able to run a marathon. Of course, I haven’t read the fine print that absolves the plan creator of any responsibility for my potential failure. The plan says that it is a marathon training plan and is even called “Marathon Training Program” or something like that. This is enough for me to believe that by respecting it, I will be able to run a marathon.