Distinction between amateur and professional

[The] distinction between amateur and professional…remains useful today because of the need to discriminate against professionalism. Professional standards, the standards of ambition and selfishness, are always sliding downward toward expense, ostentation, and mediocrity. But amateur standards, the standards of love, are always straining upward toward the humble and the best. They enlarge the ground of judgment. The context of love is the world.

—Wendell Berry

You

Don’t show up as the person you think you are.

A pillar of fire

“the earth is everyday overspread with the veil of night for the same reason as the cages of birds are darkened, namely, that we may the more readily apprehend the higher harmonies of thought in the hush and quiet of darkness. Thoughts which day turns into smoke and mist stand about us in the night as light and flames; even as the column which fluctuates above the crater of Vesuvius in the daytime appears a pillar of cloud, but by night a pillar of fire.” – Richter

Running made me free

 

Running made me free. It rid me of concern for the opinion of others. Dispensed me from rules and regulations imposed from outside. Running let me start from scratch. It stripped off those layers of programmed activity and thinking. Developed new priorities about eating and sleeping and what to do with leisure time. Running changed my attitude about work and play. About whom I really liked and who really liked me. Running let me see my twenty-hour-hour day in a new light and my life style from a different point of view, from the inside instead of out.

Endurance Running: A Socio-Cultural Examination edited by William Bridel, Pirkko Markula, Jim Denison