Well, it’s been a couple of days since my last post, and being the multi-tasker that I am, I’ve of course decided to write another post now that I’m settled on the couch watching Avatar with my husband and his sister who’s visiting for the weekend! I don’t think anyone’s finding the quiet “tap, tap” of the computer keys annoying…although I know not everyone likes people like me during movies. Are you a “movie doer” like me, or do you like the lights out, mouths shut, movie focus?
Speaking of “doing” (how’s that for a segue?), there hasn’t been too much to do since we’ve returned home from our trip to Newfoundland, which has been nice since we’re still adjusting to the time change (lately we’ve been tired early at night and waking up ready to go in the early mornings) and after feeling a bit run down post-conference. High on the priority list? Laundry, house cleaning, and planning workouts for my clients for the upcoming week.
Sometimes it’s refreshing to have things to do that aren’t laden with responsibility, but it’s also good to back into routine again, and we’ve been slowly getting there as we’ve transitioned home from an incredible trip away from our daily patterns. But it’s always a balance between doing and being though. One of my favorite verses is I Timothy 4:8: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” As a personal trainer, I obviously believe in the importance of training for physical health and endorse the benefits of it because I believe that our fitness is too easily and often neglected. But I appreciate this verse because, while acknowledging that training has some value, it’s clear that it isn’t the end all, be all to life. What good is having a healthy body if the rest of your mind and soul aren’t healthy too? Therefore, it’s not only about doing, but about being as well.
Today I headed out the door on a gorgeous morning, eager to get a run in and move my body in the fresh air before the predicted snowfall. I knew it was going to be a good run when I started, and the whole time I had a blast. Although not every run is like this (some are hard, painful, and never feel natural the entire time!), this morning’s was a beautiful run that felt (almost!) effortless and beautiful. I felt so great that my attempt at 10 miles turned into 13.5 total as I ran past the turn-off to our house and started a new 3 mile loop, away from our home after the first 10 were done. What a fun accomplishment for a Friday morning! And the best part? Although I was doing (working my body; my heart, my core, my legs, my arms), I was also being (a runner, a strong woman, a creature connecting to my Creator as I plodded silently along, enjoying the creation around me!). There is so much beauty in movement that connects the mind, heart, and body. My mind was involved because it never stopped, thinking the whole time about our recent trip, praying for friends and family, thinking about races I could run, and enjoying the moment under a beautiful wintry sky. My heart was involved because there’s truly nothing I love to do more than to find that groove and run! I left my watch at home so it was really was just moving for enjoyment and not time. Running is a passion of mine, it’s natural, it’s part of who I am. And my body was involved because it kept me moving for a little more than a half-marathon when I had only planned to run about 10 miles! I felt proud, accomplished, satisfied, and filled with energy as I finished up my run, enjoying the fact that I had not only done something, but in that moment I was able to be exactly who I am. What a refreshing thing.
Do you struggle with doing and/or being? I think so often we fall into patterns where we feel must do, do, do to matter, that we must accomplish to be people of value. I see this in my own life when it comes to exercise. If I don’t get my run in, not keeping my weight steady, don’t get my workout in, and am not up to date with the current fitness trends, I can feel less worthy. But if I take myself back to I Timothy 4:8, I’m reminded that these things are not the most important in life. It’s not about what I’m doing but about who I am – and about a healthy balance of the two in harmony. I think that’s why I loved my run today – it was physical yet allowed me time to think and enjoy, to run not for time or show but simply because I can and because I love it. Maybe we need to allow ourselves to “be” more – to be who we are, to be present with others, to be raw and real and accepting of our limits and not just strive to check more things off our list each day. Except laundry – that’s one that always needs to be done. 😉
May you learn to achieve that balance more and more as you give yourself grace to accomplish great things (to do!) and as you live confidently in who you are (to be!).