You’re standing at the edge of the make-shift start line. The sun is beaming down on you, but it isn’t uncomfortably hot. There’s a nice gust of wind providing a gentle breeze to accompany the sun. And you’re feeling confident. You’re ready for this race. You’re excited, even. But this isn’t a race for the fastest — to see who makes it to the finish line first. This is a race of endurance. A race to see if you last long enough to get to the end. As you mentally prepare yourself to be the victor of this race, you look around taking one last observation of the environment and the other participants. You nudge yourself a little more forward extending a few extra millimeters, looking for that competitive edge. As you ready yourself to lunge ahead at the sound of “GO”, you feel a little tightness around your thigh and knee. You’ve forgotten your partner. After all, this is a three-legged race.
And it’s just dawned on you, how you decide to run, walk or generally move, you have to do with the person tied to your side. Every move you make, that person will make and every move that person makes, you will have to make. If they fall, you fall. If you speed up, they’ll have to speed up. At this moment, the two of you are one. One unit, one entity, one body. And although the two of may not share out loud every decision you plan on making during the course of this race, you’ll still have to support each other — where one goes, the other will have to follow. You’ll each have to watch out for dips in the ground and hidden obstructions, both for yourselves and the other person.
Should one of you find yourself unable to continue — you lack the energy, you lack the will, all of a sudden someone has a pain or one of you just plain gives up, then you both forfeit, even if the other party wants to continue on. That’s what a partnership is all about. Mutually moving together as one. One unit, one entity, one body.
Not everyone is suited for a three-legged race and that’s okay, because not everyone’s suited to race. The goal is not to get to the end, but get to the goal. And the next goal, and the next goal after that. It’s not a race for the fastest, but a race to see who can hold out till the end.