However, Cedric hit his crucible when on his second duty to Afghanistan. He stepped on a bomb that destroyed both legs and one arm. As he laid on the ground seeing the reality of his pride of who he was destroyed in a second, he thought I am now only part of man - no longer whole. With his heart pounding and tears choking up - can I get just one wish to see my family just one more time - just one more.
How one deals with the crucible scars is what defines a leader or as some put it - it separates the men from boys. The journey for Cedric started out with prayers to God to fix this mess, why did this happen to me, now what do I do as who I am is destroyed. Through this struggle a friend looked at him and said, "Put an expiration date on the negativity." His prayers began to change, Lord - what's the lesson for me in this? How do I go forward in the new reality of who I am?
Step by step, he turned around a life that was shattered into a life of inspiration. He has ran two Boston marathons. In marathons there is a thing called the runners wall. Runners World Magazine defines it as the following:
- You have a dry mouth, feel weak, and fall off pace
- You're overwhelmed by all the miles you have to cover
- Your hamstrings, quads, or calves hurt
- You start telling yourself This is impossible
- The end is near, but you're exhausted and ready to stop
It happens between mile 16 and mile 22. In other words it is the crucible to find the choice to keep on running.
For Cedric, he defines this as the "Making Point". We all get the choice in this life to give up and lay on the couch or force yourself to keep moving forward. Lord - make me better not bitter. For the hope of inspiring others that they can over come obstacles by pressing forward, I will press forward. Inside we all have the capacity to love. We have the ability to take ugly circumstances and make them as an event that occurs but not the definition of who we are. We are capable of loving each other and helping each other become of the best of the best. Make this point in your life to be the best yet and inspire those around you!
Thank you Master Sgt. Cedric King for your inspiration, for the reminder that freedom is only purchased by blood and challenge to keep pressing forward even when it is hard!
Looking forward to your run from Washington DC to Charlotte!