From The Book* about a week ago, but it has meaning to me today:
“There is a time to be open, almost unfocused, as we take in what the world, the universe, is showing us. There is a time to get out of our heads and quietly take the journey our hearts lead us into – following with the openness and wonder of a child. But there also comes a time to aim our attention and focus our energy on what we want to accomplish. Instead of floundering with scattered thoughts and possibilities, we choose one, then act on it. . . We may have to work through or push away inner distractions. Moving through our inner obstacles enables us to accomplish our goal . . . Focus your energy. Learn to stay focused until you reach that goal.”
So why does this have meaning? Because today I found my focus, on marathon training, again. It’s been slipping away the past couple of weeks because I’ve been caught up in the newness and excitement of cycling (which isn’t a bad thing, but it isn’t my priority). And life crap has been distracting me as well. But I’m working on that. And the one thing that has always helped me best deal with life crap is running.
Today I spent virtually every minute of my 7 miles thinking about just how much I love running, how important it is to me and how I’ve missed it. I know what you are thinking. You’re wondering WTF I’m talking about, since you’ve seen my weekly marathon recaps and so you’ve seen that I’ve been running. But, the truth is, the past couple of weeks I’ve just been logging the miles, without focus and without passion. Even though today was only 7 miles, it was THE BEST run I’ve had in weeks because each step reminded me how lucky and thankful I am to be running. With each step that I took this morning, my passion for running returned. And I’m thankful for that.
I’m ready to focus again.**
*My meditation book, Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie, which I know you are all super sick of hearing about! 🙂
** On marathon training and on clearing up life stuff.