Are you a rabbit?
Did you know when top runners are attempting to set a world record they use a runner to set a fast pace in the early laps. Such a runner is called a ‘rabbit’. The rabbit has no chance of winning the race. His task is merely to set the pace, once that is done, he drops back or out and the stars take over.
Once at an international athletic meet, a group of top runners were attempting to set a new world record for the mile. They chose a good ‘rabbit’ by the name of Jim. Jim did a super job; he didn’t spare himself. Right from the sound of the gun he set a blistering pace. Indeed so fast did he go that he left the professionals quite a distance behind; thus for a brief moment he enjoyed the limelight.
There he was way out, all on his own. It was lonely out there and terribly tough. At the start of the third lap his legs began to weaken and his lungs to give out. He glanced over his shoulder, the others were closing in fast and he smiled. In the middle of the lap they went past him like a blur and in a few seconds he fell back. The spotlight was now on the others and the rabbit was forgotten. But he had burned himself out. Suddenly the world went dark and his legs collapsed under him. That was the last he remembered.
Hardly anyone noticed the ambulance taking him away. He became conscious again at the hospital. It took some time for him to realize where he was, and to remember how he’d got there. But he was not concerned about himself, he just wanted to know one thing: Had they or had they not set a new world record? The answer was yes!
On hearing it he was radiant with happiness, for it meant that all his efforts had borne fruit. He had been part of something great. Were it not for the pace he’d set there wouldn’t have been any record! Are you a rabbit? Are you setting the pace for your family, building a home with love for your husband and children and knowing that this love is what is going to push them towards greater goals? Are you the one setting the pace at your office, moving the sales force, the marketing team but maybe not getting the recognition you deserve? There’s only one person who’ll recognize the role of a rabbit; yourself.
No one else will, very rarely, your children, your wife, your husband or your colleagues, but that feeling of joy, that sense of satisfaction you get like Jim got in the hospital, beats everything else..!