Jaime always wanted to run a marathon. He wanted to say that he had the determination to complete a goal, that his body was strong enough to make it through and that his efforts contributed to a good cause.
Jaime found a marathon to raise money for the hospital and decided it was time to pursue his goal. He spent a month running every day to build endurance, while collecting donations from family and friends. On Friday nights, his friends invited him out but Jaime chose to focus on his goal and refuse the weekly invitation.
At the end of the month, his friends questioned why Jaime was being distant but Jaime didn’t explain in detail. “Nah, there is nothing wrong. I promise I won’t be distant forever, I just need to concentrate right now. “
On the day of the marathon, Jaime woke up with vigorous energy and he was prepared to complete his goal. As his run started, he allowed his mind to review his month of preparation and recognized his accomplishments as he finished half of his marathon. Even as the end drew near, Jaime’s confidence soared because realization of his accomplishment became real.
Jaime crossed the finish line knowing that his determination was a success. Jaime’s body was strong enough to endure a marathon. Jaime had just made a contribution to the hospital and his life.