• Facebook Clean Grey
  • Instagram Clean Grey
  • Tumblr Clean Grey
Have tea with me

Aristotle at Afternoon Tea participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commissions by linking to Amazon. This means that whenever you buy a book on Amazon from a link on here, I get a small percentage of its price. That helps support my writing in a small way, so thank you. Happy reading!

© 2014-2018 Yara Zgheib All Rights Reserved


These essays are a work of love; they are and will always be free.

However, if you would like to like to show your appreciation and support, you can do so with a monthly donation of the amount of your choice:

  • $3     A cup of tea

  • $5     Tea and a scone

  • $10   A good book

  • $25   A charming little                   dinner

  • $40   White roses and                     red wine

You may also make a one time donation of the amount of your choice:

Your donation will help me keep doing what I love. Thank you very much.

To cancel a recurring payment, simply

On A Beautiful Race

August 18, 2016

‘Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve.’


- Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen



Six o’clock in the morning. The sound of footsteps on the pavement resonates. The streets are quiet and empty; regular inhales, exhales. The sky overhead is still dark and purple; the road ahead is vast. The horizon and the day belong to that one person on that early morning run.


It all began at the starting line of one grand and beautiful path. Man’s first run was away from predators; his first race was for his life. Then in 776 B.C., in the Greek city of Olympia, a cook called Coroebus ran a one hundred and ninety-two meter footrace. He ran for Zeus’s honor, and his own, and went down in history as the man who won the very first Olympic Game.


Since then, from predators to creditors, everything’s become a race. The gunshot sounds the day we learn to stand up straight and run. On our marks, set, off we go, as fast as each of us can. For prey, for lovers, for safety, for office. For status and power, and natural resources.


 A race, by definition, is a win-lose affair. Success is measured in the number of people behind us on the track. All eyes on the finish line; we are all going for gold.


There are no medals for participation; the winner’s podium only holds one,


the higher you climb

the greater the pressure.


We’ve ruined the beauty of the run.


But last week the world witnessed a different sort of race; two girls and three boys ran all the way from South Sudan to the Rio Olympic Games. From exile or refugee camps, they did not run for gold. But for the cameras to see, for the world not to forget the sixty-five million displaced by terrorism, disease, war, poverty.


Angelina Nada Lohalith, twenty-one, ran 1,500 meters last week. She said she raced for her parents whom she has not seen since she was six.


Rose Nathike Lokonyen, twenty-three, ran the 800-meter race. She wants to organize her own race to promote peace, for the friends she left back home.


Paulo Amotun Lokoro was a cattle herder who got his first training shoes at twenty-four. Those were the ones he wore to run the 1,500-meter race.


Yiech Pur Biel started running because it was the only part of his life he could control. His eleven-year run took him from a Kenyan camp to the 800-meter race.


James Nyang Chiengjiek, fifteen-year refugee, ran 800 meters too. He said he wanted to inspire his friends at the camp with whom he shared running shoes.


Not all runners are created equal. We each run a different race, toward the people we are meant to be; your gold will not take away mine.


We do not choose what we run from, we do not know where we run to. But we can choose to run anyway, and what we are running for. We could even run together; it is less lonely this way. I’ll share my second wind with you when the road gets steep. And when at the end we must be measured, let it be against ourselves. How far we pushed, how hard we tried, how much we loved the run.



Six o’clock in the morning. The sound of footsteps. Inhales, exhales. The runner heads down the street alone. It is a beautiful race.



Please reload

By theme
More tea?
Follow me
  • Facebook - Grey Circle
  • Tumblr - Grey Circle
  • Instagram - Grey Circle
Please reload

May 9, 2019

May 2, 2019

April 18, 2019

April 11, 2019

April 4, 2019

March 28, 2019

Please reload