Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Path...

When you’re walking or running a path you are putting one foot in front of the other until you reach where you want to go right?  Seems like kind of an obvious statement, but when you get down to it, that’s what you’re doing, you put one foot in front of the other until you get where you’re going.  Some of us can even chew gum while accomplishing this.  It’s such an easy concept, we celebrate it when our little ones learn to walk, lord only knows why, makes things a lot more difficult, but we do celebrate it.  Such a simple concept.  Yet I know when I am tired in the middle of a run and want to stop, putting that next foot out front becomes harder and harder.  Soon the voices start in my head talking about how taking a break now would be just fine, and I come up with all sorts of reasons why I don’t need to make that next step.  There’s an easy way out.  Just stop making progress.  The voices in my head at this point can rationalize just about anything if it gets me to where I can stop running.  I can let myself get there, if I give the voices any credence whatsoever.  I’ve gotten to where I start talking to myself on runs now, sometimes getting downright mean about leading the life of a quitter and all this other stuff to just keep me going that much longer and to fight off the voices. I’ve started realizing this pattern other places in my life as well.  I can imagine others can relate.  Whether it’s having difficulty at work, at home, in a relationship, exercising, or even at a new hobby you’re trying to pick up.  The voices start in your head.  Pretty soon you can rationalize everything and you find a reason to stop making progress, to stop putting that one foot in front of the other.  Pretty soon you’ve let yourself be distracted, or you’ve begun to believe the voices that the task you’re looking to accomplish is too big and you shouldn’t even try.  That you’re not good enough to get something done, or what you want to attempt is foolish.  The voices can be powerful or the voices can be subtle.  Sometimes I think my voices manifest themselves in something like allowing the distraction to go check my clan again in ‘Clash of Clans’(Laura calls it “saving my village… What can I say those little people need me…)  The point here is that something stops you from being the best you that you can be.  Maybe it is making up that next excuse for why you can't go for a walk, or it's why the couch is so damned comfortable and the TV show are so damned entertaining.  What are they stopping you from doing? The attached picture is of a path Laura and I spend quite a bit of time on.  She had this put on canvas for me for Christmas a year ago.  I’ve got it in my office now and I get to look at it every day.  I love this picture.  This picture reminds me to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  It may not be a perfect step forward but it doesn’t need to be.  It just needs to be a step forward.  No matter what the voices in my head say, no matter what self doubt may creep in, or what rationalizations I can make, I need to keep moving forward.  A perfect example of this is back at my intro entry where Laura spurred me on to create this thing(http://www.rebooten.com/2016/03/why-rambling-introduction.html)  That was moving me forward, that was putting one foot in front of the other and all that good stuff.  I love walking my path.  Sometimes I make a wrong step, I hope I learn from it, but I don't let it stop me from taking the next step.  Whatever life throws at me, I know I've got that path to walk, and what can be simpler than putting one foot in front of the other?

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