Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Today I look back on my life and see this pattern repeated over and over again, my Special Forces career, two graduate schools, Ironman triathlon, emergency medicine, etc. Along the way I've sacrificed horrendously to be able to achieve those goals. Again, was it worth it? Only time will tell. Catch me at the end of my days and I'll let you know.
Of course the desire for the long-term runs counter to some basic Buddhist principles of living in the present moment and letting go of your attachment to desires. This has been the subject of great contemplation lately. Should I give up that bowl of ice cream for dessert in pursuit of my goal of running a sub-10 hour Ironman? What about passing on spending time with my parents so that I can get a long weekend of workouts in? Where does the line get drawn? Again, sacrifice, balance, the Middle Way. Much to consider.