A Psalm of Life

My good friend Marcus sent me this promo for a trail race in Africa this afternoon and boy did it strike a chord! The footage is accompanied by the narration of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem A Psalm of Life. It’s a beautiful reminder to live life now and act in the present. It’s also an inspiring video that makes me want to run 120K. Could there be anything better?!

In other news, the foot is starting to make a turn for the better. After taking about a month off, I started running again last week, nice and easy. It feels so good and promising. One step at a time.

Lesotho Wildrun Promo from D4 PRODUCTIONS | Andrew King on Vimeo.

Tell me not in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou are, to dust thou returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act, – act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sand of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solenm main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

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