The Teacher Who Looked like a Jelly Bean

The Teacher Who Looked Like a Jelly Bean“If you run to the top of the hill, you can have a jelly bean…..and if you are really good, I’ll let you have two!”

No, I was not conversing with a three year old; I was chatting to myself.

Currently I am training for the London Marathon, which happens 22 April this year.  Never in a million years did I think running a marathon would be one small line in my life portfolio, but there you go – life is always filled with twists and turns.

And hills.

I have been told that hills are great training tools for runners.

Yeah, whatever.

Personally I’ll take FLAT any step of my run!  Yet an upcoming move to Sheffield, which incidentally has no flat land within 500 miles of the city, has forced me to accept what once was perpetually avoided….I will have to run hills.

So, back to the jelly bean challenge.  The location is Hyde Park, I’ve now been running for approximately 2 1/2 hours, and in front of me is a hill.

Okay, incline.

My flesh would prefer to walk, enjoy the view, relax a bit, swim in the Serpentine, anything except continue running toward the upward slope of pavement taunting my weakness.

And then I remembered the jelly beans passing time together in my side pocket.  They had spent approximately 150 minutes waiting for their big moment.  And this was it.  If I was going to run to the top of the hill incline, I needed the reward of the bean.  And it worked.  I ran, I pushed, I glistened (the girl version of sweat), and through clenched teeth – I overcame the incline.  And yes, enjoyed two jelly beans.

Thought to Ponder:

What inspires you to push further than you want to go?

The jelly bean taught me there was more potential inside me than I realised.

And that often the only requirement needed to set free hidden greatness, is one small incentive.

The size of a bean…..or even smaller…..


“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20

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