Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Privileges

The definition of privilege, per Merriam-Webster (on-line):

a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor

I feel privileged and grateful about several things, but here are two big ones relevant now:

  1. Having just finished a 12-hour shift, I am thankful for the privilege of not having to exercise my privileges of examining and treating patients in the emergency department for the next thirteen days.
  2. I am thankful for the privilege of being able to run 100 miles from Wrightwood to Pasadena this weekend, my fifth 100 mile run this year, and my 3rd in six weeks.  A privilege granted to me by my body, my mind, and my family.
Life can be very good.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Life is a celebration, and I am thankful that I am alive.

Anonymous said...

And we have the privledge of having you as a role model for our sport. You're demonstrating how life, work, family and this crazy obsession of ours can all be balanced into a life that is very good.
Best wishes at AC this weekend.
Sandy Baker

John Nguyen said...

I'll be privileged to be attempting my first 100 at the Rio Del Lago 100 in 2 weeks. Good luck to you in your 100 this weekend! Go kick some @ss!

Rashmi said...

Truly amazing how one keepp the work life balance and find time to fit in the Ultras..
3rd 100 mile in 6 weeks...
Run strong Run Far

Best wishes at the AC

Mann!e said...

Kudos! I too am learning as to privilege truly means. I am privileged to have a family, and a strong woman in my life who supports all this craziness we call a sport.

larry said...

Hi Mark:

Here you are:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/larrygassan/4958711177/

--larry