Oh Captain, My Captain: Perspective


Whenever I do a presentation about change for my day job, I use this quote.  And I have been known to ask a group to stand and shift their position as we move onto a topic that requires a different view. I saw Dead Poets Society in high school and was so moved by the timeless messages about change, loss and growth that I have always gone back to it when I needed to shift my perspective.

So, I could not help but smile when I hopped over to DebRuns for the Wednesday Word.  As runners, we have chosen a the lifelong sport of slow increments.  Change, in our universe, happens slowly.  A “little” 5k takes 30 minutes and a marathon, even for the fastest amongst us, hours.  We do not make big changes quickly as we pound the pavement.  Rarely are there hordes of cheering fans watching our every move or cheerleaders or billboards about our growth.  Just one foot in front of the other, day after day.

But I think running gives us amazing perspective.  I was talking to a researcher friend and suggested we do a project on how runners make good fundraisers – or good, steadfast employees anywhere.  It takes commitment to go out day after day.  But you cannot beat the perspective that comes on a long run – solo or with friends.  Something about that time is just so sacred, at least to me.  If I cannot solve a problem after 6, 8, 10, 13.1 miles – the solution is not quite there yet.  And after years of running, I know it will come.  I just have to give it time.

Namaste, friends.

6 thoughts on “Oh Captain, My Captain: Perspective”

  1. Hmm, I’d like to try to change my perspective at work but first I’d have to clean off my desk! I do think running builds good character traits – like persistence!


  2. I love that scene from Dead Poet’s Society! I agree that the miles logged are a good time to sort things out in your head. I also get the same mind-clearing effect while swimming and counting laps.


  3. I have come up with the solutions to so many problems on long runs – both solo, and talking through the situation with my running friends. It’s always good to get a different perspective on what you’re working through. And often, you’ve been that friend!

    Thanks for linking up!


  4. I had to read this when I read the title. How I love that movie (and miss Robin Williams — such a loss).

    I often think of nothing at all on runs, as I spend so much time alone and in my head it’s my time to tune out. But when I’m really grappling with something, yes, running helps in so many ways.


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