Since I started this interval training... link here---> Cool Running 5K Training with this Music (Podrunner interval beat Music) which has free downloadable music to train for a 5K...I have been very aware of my FEET. I have been aware of where they take me, and how they can carry me ten more running steps when I feel like I will colapse. Also I have been careful where I walk and step so as not to injury them. As I have set this goal and determined to be a FINISHER I have seen more than changes in myself. And I am learning things that I did NOT anticipate learning.
I have a son that is so persistent that he does not EVER relent! EVER!!! So when he asks for Scooby-Doo about 400 times a day, I confess I give in (sometimes). The other day he would not give in. He wanted GRAPES. He had already had two handfuls. Really, I don't know why I was resisting. They are grapes. There really isn't a down side, at least in the quantities we were dealing with. I looked at my determined 2 (almost 3) year old and in a questioning voice said, "You're a finisher aren't you? You don't quit until you get what you want? You don't give up, do you?" He said, "No, I'm a finisher!" He smiled so proud. But he didn't have a clue what that meant except that I was stretching out a bowl of grapes to him and that he SUCCEEDED.
But this one little interaction really got me thinking. What if our words changed EVERYTHING? Those little feet have watched me the last week, have listened to me, have heard me TALK about being a finisher. What if saying I was a finisher everyday helped MAKE me a finisher? What if it helped make my children finishers? And if that is true the possibilities are ENDLESS!!! I could be a seamstress (always wanted to be), a quilter, a writer, and Drum ROLL... ORGANIZED! That is a life long goal and it flutters in front of me. But why? Why is the thought or reality of being organized so elusive? Is it possibly that I say, to myself and others, I am a slob, I am a pack rat (if only I had a dollar for every time my mother said this), I have never been organized, my room growing up was a pig sty...etc, etc, etc.
What we ARE is not always what we DO. What we DO is not always WHO we are. I have started asking my children what they want to DO when they grow up. Because what I want them to BE is kind, just, compassionate, honest, gentle, true, sincere, faithful! They can BE all those things no matter what they DO. I am becoming the butterfly. The sweet buttefly was ever elusive, fluttering in front of me, in view, but out of grasp. She was out of reach, but always what I wanted. Well, not anymore. I am the butterfly, my wings are fresh and still a little wet. I am learning to fly faster, father. The journey is amazing. I am also organized. Mind you that given a month, year and decade I will be even more organized than I am today. Because nothing happens unless we DO something. When we DO nothing, we get nothing. When we DO something, we get something. I am going to be more selective about what I DO because I have a clearer vision of what I want to BE! I hope you are enjoying your journey to becoming. If you don't like where you are going...change course!
Changing the world...One letter and FOOT at a time!