Posted by: David D. Daggett | November 1, 2012

You Can’t Buy It

You Can’t Buy It

       Our family had been sitting by and watching the computer most of the day.  We were excited when Lizzie beat the swim cutoff time.  Then, after much anxiety in our house we were excited when she finished the bike leg.  Finally, we were jumping up and down with tears in our eyes when she crossed the finish line!

Finishers’ T-Shirt – You Can’t Buy It!

A few minutes later, the phone rang.  It was Lizzie!  She was calling us from the finish line.  We hugged through thge phone, if that is possible.  The excitement in her voice was palpable as she relished in her accomplishment.

She started a number of years ago as a local race volunteer.  Then, she decided to start running and to get herself into shape.  After that came a few short triathlons at races in which she had previously volunteered.  And now, 110 pounds lighter she has finished her first half Ironman . . . and, she is just getting started!

You can’t buy it.  No one can give it to you.  It can’t be passed down through the family.  And, no one else can do it for you.  That’s why the finish line is such an exclusive and cherished possession.

It doesn’t matter if it’s your first 5 K, or if you are a multi-time Ironman finisher.  The finish line is always the goal and there is always the renewed sense of achievement.  It starts with the  goal of achieving something that you really weren’t sure that you could achieve.   It ends with the satisfaction of knowing you did it.

Likewise, the same applies for the most desired of all human possessions – your own self esteem.  And, just like the finish line, you can only get it one way.  You have to do it yourself, and you have to earn it.  We all have struggles and obstacles in our life.  The ironic good news is that the greater the challenge that we overcome, the greater the benefit to our personal self makeup.

Lizzie showed us all an ongoing lesson in life.  Anything is possible!  Chase your dreams, and always finish!

You can’t buy it,



  1. Very timely note for me as the first thing I zoned in on as I opened the computer. Today is a day of struggle for me from many fronts. There are so many lessons in this post and as I seek to encourage others in my own blog, I am needing a hand today. Virtually, I will envision Lizzie at my side this morning, taking the first step in volunteering for others and God blessed seed and turned it on Lizzie for her strength. My goal for the remaining of this day is others. Thank you Attorney Daggett.

    • Thank you but you can do anything that i use the verse in my life is I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength

      phiippians 4:13

  2. Congratuations to Lizzie!! I see her shirt is B2B so that is legit!! How gratifying to work so long and hard and accomplish your goal. Keep it up!!

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