It was 6 05am when I stared up at the skies this morning after completing a personal best for my 5k run. 24 minutes flat.
I am training for the Natterjack10K race to be held a week today (Sunday 28 September) at 11am in Southport.
The skies were just starting to show some light and as I looked up there came into view exactly what I was expecting, but it was still a wonderful sight. The International Space Station was moving overhead at a speed of thousands of miles an hour. A very bright light against the backdrop of a sky that was playing with the light of the coming day.
And down here on earth I could hear the sounds of the more eager of the birds in our surrounding trees as they competed to voice their opinions at dawn. And all this made me think about a quote by Hal Elrod, a young businessman and author of “The Miracle Morning”.
“Where you are is a result of who you were. But where you go depends entirely on who you choose to be.”
I looked at the ISS orbiting overhead and thought about how that quote applied to what I was watching. What choices to become what people had been made by those individuals involved in bringing about the very existence of the ISS? People had become politicians and achieved a collaboration between the USA and Russia and others to help build and launch the ISS. Others had decided to become space scientists and had worked on getting the ISS to where it is. Yet more had become astronauts and were inside that space station that I could see for 3 minutes or so this morning.
Those were all amazing decisions that had led to an incredible result that I was watching just now.
And yet down here on earth the birds were singing and competing in song for the day, as has been the case with millions of other days on this planet. And up there I could see people, a crew in a man made craft who had, at least temporarily, escaped this planet, this world, in the name of yet further research and progress.
All of that achieved by people making decisions about who they wanted to be which in turn enabled them to go where they wanted to go. Huge progress made by taking bold and ambitious decisions.
It shows just what can be achieved with thought and it made me think of what Napoleon Hill writes about in Think And Grow Rich.
And so I will carry on my training this week in the early hours and I may, if I am lucky with clear skies, see the ISS again and wonder that it is even there.
And when my training is done, I will run the Natterjack10K on Sunday and raise funds for people who can’t see what I saw this morning. They can’t see it because they can’t see at all…with their eyes. But they can see with their thoughts and beliefs. They can have that kind of vision and can achieve remarkable things. And we have to support them in that belief.
Please help me to help Galloway’s charity raise much needed funds by donating, whatever amount you would like to give. You can donate at my special page here: Alan’s donation page.
And if you are up early this week, look out for the ISS in the sky. You can find the times when it passes over here: Spot the Space Station