In the movie Chariots of Fire, Harold’s coach tells him to “drop down” when the gun fires. In other words, not to start with a long stride, but to shorten his first step. In life when we face a challenge, we are tempted to “stride out” with reckless abandon, when it is best to “drop down” — making that first step a little bit shorter, but more decisive and stronger. We still go forward but are under control.
Harold’s problem of “over striding” kept him from utilizing the full benefit of the strength of his body. When we get too far out in front of ourselves, we lose our base our center. Amongst the swirl of the day’s demands and the pressures of life, we are tempted to get ahead of ourselves – to worry about the future, do too many things at once, and to try to please everyone. When the tornado of life hits it is good advice to “drop down.”