What I learnt from Great Manchester Run 2011: You Reap What You Sow!

What I learnt from Great Manchester Run 2011: You Reap What You Sow!
(dedicated to all the donors)

If you never run in your life, you can’t expect to wake up in the morning then complete a 42 Km marathon. You need to train to achieve it, even a marathon champion. The olympic champion, Great Haile, would never be where he’s now without training and hard work. And 10K is a smaller version of it. Everything follows the law of nature. You reap what you sow.

Great Manchester Run, 15 May 2011

Sadly, in today’s world, we are bombarbed relentlessly by brands offering instant success, quick fix solution, and short cut way to success. Unfortunately, we buy it, then we become the society with lottery mentality.

We maybe remember when we were at uni, partying the whole semester, then one day before the exams, we cramped ourselves digesting one-semester lecture note in one night, and expected to do well in the exams.

Running is not working that way. You can’t party the whole year, then cramped yourself, one day before the race, work exremely hard overnight and expect to complete 42 Km the next day.

However, the temptation of instant success, short cut solution, are so enormous that we can’t help ourselves to ignore it. People try their luck with the lottery, dreaming they might one day become that one (out of millions) lucky winner .

I, fortunately, was raised by my two loving religious parents. They told me that gamble is an evil act. I follow whatever they told me. The Quran clearly forbid gamble.

“They ask you (O Muhammad SAW) concerning alcoholic drink and gambling. Say: “In them is a great sin, and (some) benefit, for men, but the sin of them is greater than their benefit.” And they ask you what they ought to spend. Say: “That which is beyond your needs.” Thus Allâh makes clear to you His Laws in order that you may give thought.” (Quran, 2:219)

“O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination― of Satan’s handiwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper.” (Quran, 90:120)

I blindly accepted what my parents told me and whatever Quran says. It won’t be prohibited unless there is a reason behind it, whether I know it or not, I don’t care.

As I’m growing up, I then realised more and more the evil danger behind gambling. And now after running the 10K, I’m convinced even more and more, that gambling is an evil act. It won’t bring success to our life, it will instead harm our life. We’d better remember the law of the farm, instead of the prize of the lottery. Yes, we always have a choice, we can carry on with our instant succes lottery mentality, or go back to the traditional farm principle, the law of the harvest, “As you sow, so shall you reap”.

There’s no shortcut for success! Everything follows the natural law, the law of the farm! You always reap what you sow! There’s no shortcut!

PS: I thank you all the donors for your donations and support, for your trust in sponsoring me. Without you all, this would not be possible!

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