I’m a newbie in the Ultra distances. I’ve completed two of the shortest versions; 50Ks. It is an interesting distance for those that have never traveled that far by foot. Rob Krar adds the Grand Canyon to his… for breakfast; Rob Krar’s an Inspiration.
When Sir Winston Churchill was asked, “Sir, to what do you attribute your success in life?” and he said without hesitating: “Economy of effort. Never stand up when you can sit down, and never sit down when you can lie down.“
I hadn’t heard of this quote before until I rewatched The Pacific. In it’s seventh episode the Marines chant an expanded form of this quote in unison.
Never run when you can walk.
Never walk when you can stand.
Never stand when you can sit.
Never sit when you can lay down.
Never lay down when you can sleep.
There is a time and place for this quote. Combat Marines in the Western Pacific during World War II or serving as the Prime Minister of England during World War II; both are exceptional examples. Unfortunately, what I see large parts of society doing is exercising this Economy of Effort in all things; their entire life.
I find this exceptionally disappointing and it often can be extremely frustrating.
I was watching Skyfall recently. It is one of the recent James Bond films. In the movie Turner’s “The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last Berth to be broken up” is seen and commented on by the younger Q and the older Bond. The dialog went like this:
Q: It always makes me feel a little melancholy. Grand old war ship, being ignominiously hauled away to scrap… The inevitability of time, don’t you think? What do you see?
James Bond: A bloody big ship.
It’s an interesting dialog, one which examines the two characters’ perspectives. I’m reminded of the more recent example which this same dialog could have been applied to earlier this year; the decommissioned CONSTELLATION. I find that example an interesting demonstration of the continuum of time.
But in my mind there are two vessels and two questions which are more important to think about and address:
Which vessel are you?
When will you be the other one?
I look forward to hearing your answers!
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