Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.1 Corinthians 9:24
Think of the people in your life. Are there people who you consistently work hard to help, teach, heal, console, etc.? Now imagine that you’re running a race with all of them on your back. That would make it impossible to win, right?
The race is your journey to success and self-actualization. Do not let anyone slow you down or replace you at the finish line. Do not try to drag them behind you or carry them across the line–even if you finish, you’ll suffer too many injuries and be too exhausted to even enjoy that you finished the race, let alone the disappointment of running so hard to end up not winning.
Take off your weights! Run the race! The most valuable people in your life or who you haven’t met yet, will be ready to run alongside you on their own two legs, or to sit in the bleachers cheering you on relentlessly.
just take space
they will find other sources, hopefully
stay away from those that need you
to fill a void or
validate or facilitate
things that they should be able
to do themselves
love them anyway
though they keep distorting you
into that old role
they don’t mean to
stop allowing it
you have too much to lose