Running Man is more than a book about running. It is a story of addiction, discovery, recovery, and then running. This book is hard to put down. It is a read that sucks you in and leaves you wanting more. At times, there is heartbreak, at other times, there is great triumph. Charlie Engle’s Running Man, truly is a roller coaster of emotion. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the underdog story. Anyone who has struggled with addiction, knows someone who has struggled with addiction, or have know idea what addiction is, all will find this book valuable, enjoyable, and fascinating. Running Man gets a 5 out of 5! Thanks for sharing your story Charlie!
There is something powerful, refreshing, and freeing when we put our thoughts to paper. Writing is a beautiful art. Unfortunately, a lost art in our culture. Writing takes time, effort, discipline, and vulnerability. It opens doors to areas in our life we hide, suppress, and try to ignore. Writing is a release. A release from the whirlwind of life. A release from the confines of confusion within our own mind, heart, soul. A release from conformity. A release from the expected, the status quo, the pressure from expectations. Writing is expression. Expression of who we truly are, who we truly want to become.
Sometimes in life, you have to stand alone. You have to realize, that there is a lot of noise in this life, a lot of distraction, a lot of unnecessary business. The noise will drown out your thoughts. The distraction will pull you away from what is most important. The business will become an addiction you cannot free yourself from. The world will continue to push its agendas on you. The world will continue to be loud, distracting, and busy. More than likely, the people around you, family even, will be a part of this world agenda. They will be the loud noise, the distraction, encourage the business. This is where you have to realize you need to stop. Take a step back, and find yourself. The world will not encourage this. The people around you will not encourage this. YOU have to have the strength, discipline, and fortitude to pull yourself out of the mud. YOU have to realize what is necessary for YOU! For your health, well-being, and longevity. In a world where we are over connected, over stimulated, over entertained, you have to accept the fact that in order to find yourself, you will have to stand alone. You will have to remove yourself from the normal day to day. You will have to let go of a lot of things you have been holding onto. Let go of a lot of people that surround you. Today is the day. You know you are lost. Lost in the sea of this world. It’s time to be found. It’s time to find out who you are, why you exist, what you are suppose to be doing. Life is too short, too precious, too beautiful to live lost. Today we take a step toward being found. Today we will take a stand, even if, we stand alone.
I don’t have life all figured out. I don’t have it all together. I fail. I mess up. I fall short. I know I have limitations. But I have a deep desire, a deep conviction within me, to give life my all. To be an example. To be a leader. To max-out the gifts God has given me. To refuse comfort, mediocrity, and normal. I don’t know what tomorrow holds, I don’t know what my future will entail. But I have today. I can build today. Live fully today. Be the man I want to be today. Run my race today. I am thankful.
I have to run my race. If I run my race, things will work out, things will take care of themselves. I can’t get caught up in what others are doing or what they are not doing. I have no say in how others run their race. We all choose how we are going to run. I will have opportunities to lead a race, set the pace, share some of my tips and insights with others, but still, at the end of the day, we all choose how we will run. I have to focus, stay focused on my race. No looking around. No getting caught up in a pace I can’t sustain. No worrying about what another person may be doing during a race. Just simply stay focused. Keep running. Continue at my pace. Be consistent. Persevere. Fight. Be thankful. Never stop, never quit.
I am who I am. I am a writer. I am a thinker. I am an athlete. I am a teacher. I am a student. I am a son. I am a fitness junkie. I am an example. I am a man. I am a child of God. This is me. This is who I am. I embrace it. I am learning to walk in it. To enjoy it. To be at peace. I don’t have to “try” to be anything else. Anyone else. I am free to be me. Free to live the life I was made to live! I am Mr. Q. I am Q. I am Quinton. I am Quinton Forrest Varce. I am thankful. I am excited. Today is a gift, today is an opportunity. Who are you?
Today is here. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is never promised. What are you going to do today? Who are you going to be today? Don’t be overwhelmed. Don’t allow the noise of life to distract you. Focus on right now. Focus on the task at hand. Focus on today, not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today. Today is the day to do it. Today is a gift, NOT “just” another day. Take one step in the right direction, right now! Block out everything else. Today. That’s it. Make it through today. No more, no less. Micro, not macro. One day at a time. It’s all you can control.