It Takes A Special Type Of Person...
I recall once that I went up to Ventura to see the finish line at the
Mountains to Beach marathon.
They had trained hard over the last year, and the finish line would spell success now, or another year of strenuous training.
For one of the runners, a baby was due and this would be the last chance at a Boston qualifying run. One runner hadn't run for nearly a year, but she had trained with the team and showed up to cheer on her team mates.
I have always marveled at the people who cheer for others. They seem to derive great joy in the achievement of others. The relationship between the athletes who run their hearts out, and the people who cheer for them is a grand spectacle.
You just have to go there and experience the emotion to feel the flow of admiration and desire for another's victory. It is how I felt when my child played music for an audience, or raced in a fierce competition. If you have children, you know what I mean, an intense desire for their success. You feel it in your chest, eyes well up and tears flow.
Some people have a special talent in this, they have an effect that really stands out. You can tell who they are by the reaction of the runner who is the target of their intention. When you are a the recipient of their attention, you really feel it. If you have run a race, you know what I mean.
Spines straighten up, shoulders erect, face brightens and their pace quickens. Races are won, personal records set, and for the lack of it, loss can be the result. Now that's a lot of power to flow from a person. If you can do it to a runner, then you can exert that same energy on the place where you spend your days.
You can imbue joy into the souls of others, make them smile, even giggle a bit and make ‘em skip. If you ask me, these are the most valuable people on earth!
Dr. Steve Smith - Your friendly, neighborhood Pasadena Chiropractor