“From the power that binds all beings, that man frees himself who overcomes himself.” – Goethe
Goethe’s quote came home for me during my ninth running of the Brocken-Challenge ultramarathon. The only way to end suffering is to overcome ourselves.
Other people and influences are catalysts of the suffering we carry within ourselves. Suffering in this sense is another name for our inability to come to terms with life. Accepting and embracing our circumstances delivers us to inner peace. Although it seems to have taken me nine iterations to get here I had a wonderful time running and the pay off is something that I hope I can continue to carry with me.