If you told me I was going to be running repeats on a track, I would have rolled my eyes and laughed! Loving Husband has long extolled the benefit of repeats to improve speed and endurance, but the thought of arduous discipline made me so tired.
In the spirit of trying new things (or new old things), I went to the track a few weeks ago. Surprise, surprise, I actually enjoyed it! Don’t get me wrong, it was hard work, and as I rounded the track for the 4th time (my goal was to go 6 rounds), I did consider maybe cutting short the workout. But I finished the plan, felt strong, and it wasn’t as mentally laborious as I’d feared. I’ve been back since, and have managed to feel rather zen as I complete my rounds.
Another unlikely activity I find myself engaged in is Focused Prayer & Reflection. My 30Challenge for May is to follow An Ignatian Prayer Adventure,, to spend time each day to pray, read Scripture, and reflect the Ignatian way. This is something I’ve always wanted to do, but again, the thought of keeping the discipline just made it easy to put off.
My greatest obstacle to trying new things is not fear, or the lack of derring-do, but the ennui that comes with the thought of forced routine. My solution: turn the forced into focused. I choose to focus, to give these new activities a chance. After all, it is only for 30 days. If it takes, great for me! If it flops, it is only a month invested.
It has been an enjoyable few days with the the material, the focus of Week 1 being Who I am in God. Here is a song I found while reflecting on Psalm 139. Hope you enjoy it.