One of the things on my bucketlist is to complete a race. It took me 6 months to get my bum to the store and get some running shoes. The next day after getting the shoes, I receive a flyer in the mail about a 5K coming up in April. Perfect timing cause it would’ve been another 6 months before I broke in my shoes and then by then my feet would’ve grown and I would’ve had to get another pair and then wait a while longer until a race was scheduled… and the list of excuses would go on and on and on.
Today was day 3 of my “training.” 30 minute interval training alternating between running and walking. I was surprised to see how well I did. I was always afraid to run because of my childhood asthma and then it was because of my knees and then it was because I didn’t have shoes, yadah yadah ya. As I ran today, I thought of all the things and fears that I “run” away from. How often do we run away from our problems? or things/people that challenge us?
The power of staying with “what is” helps us bring clarity to our situation. At the moment, it might be more convenient to flee and be done with it, but what can you learn from fleeing? Nothing except feed your fears even more. The next time you encounter a similar situation, your fear is on heightened alert. Staying and flowing with “what is” doesn’t mean you become a door mat and get run over either. The magic lies in being present. When we are present, we can make better choices. As Baron Baptiste says, “When we stop reacting, we can create.”
We truly have the power to create anything and everything. The difficulty lies in making that choice.
I am choosing to run by flowing and taking things as they come. It’s not important to me whether I win this 5K or not, but I know that my heart is happy as I leave tread marks in the face of my fears.