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Reaching for the stars

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. December 21, 2010

A rugby player in South Africa and a professional basketball player in Los Angeles, both superstars, were both interviewed as they came back from a series of injuries. The rugby player had a serious knee injury and an ankle fracture. The basketball player was coming off a shoulder and an elbow injury.

Each interviewer asked the athlete, "So are you now 100 percent?"

Each athlete, in his own way, had the same response: At no time is any athlete at 100 percent. There's always a nagging injury, an ache that doesn't quite go away and a gnawing fatigue that erodes the spirit.

The same is true in everyday life. We're always reaching for 100 percent happiness and fulfillment. But the reality is that life is not perfect. We won't achieve perfect peace or perfect harmony in our lifetime. Yet we keep reaching, and it's the journey that sustains us, not our final destination.

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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Dec. 21, 2010