In this inspirational Steve Goodier article, he shares a key piece of life wisdom about living a good life. Enjoy!

An American racing enthusiast entered his horse in Britain’s famous Epsom Downs Steeplechase. Just before the race began, he slipped his horse a white pellet. The Duke of Marlboro, who was serving as steward, caught the owner in the act and objected. “I say, old man, really you can’t do that sort of thing over here!”

“Just a harmless sugar lump,” the Ameri¬can assured him. He gulped one down himself. “Here, try one,” he said.

The Duke took a pill, swallowed it, and seemed satisfied. As the jockey mounted, the American whispered in his ear, “Son, keep that horse on the outside and stay out of trouble, because once he starts running, there ain’t nothing that can catch him…except me and the Duke of Marlboro!”

Do you ever feel that way – running so fast that nothing can catch you? Our busy and full lives are too often like that; we rush here and hurry there. We eat fast food. We run our errands. We use e-mail and put off reading our messages until we have the time. We hurry through meals and can only give friends “just a minute.” We live fast-paced and anxious lives. Too often, we run so fast we lose our center.

But, in the end, it’s not how fast you lived that matters, but how well you lived. Are you taking time to enjoy? Have you left enough time for you? Is there time to listen to a friend or visit a relative in need? Are you leaving time each day to nurture your faith? Do you need to slow down? After all, the only race that matters goes, not to those who run it quickly, but to those who run it well.

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