Perspective – Running Life Lesson #16
My favorite runs are early in the morning, after a fresh snow the night before. The world is quiet early in the morning with a fresh blanket of pure white snow keeping it warm and cozy. I like it when I am the first to hit the trail and can see no evidence of another human being within miles of me. It’s fun to be the first person to leave a foot print in the snow. The rhythmic crunching of the snow under my feet is music to my ears.
The animals are huddled in their dens and most people are still snuggled in their warm beds, paralyzed in a deep slumber. But not me, I’ve already started my day. I can see my breath like a puff of smoke in the frigid darkness. The cool air is refreshing in my lungs and my body is warm from the heat generated from the energy expended to put one foot in front of the other.
My run cleanses my soul and sets my compass for the day. Everything seems easier the rest of the morning and into the afternoon after I’ve gone through the discipline of going on my run. It allows me to reflect on my day and how I may approach it. I can sort out problems and issues that I’m facing. I get a chance to untangle my thoughts and align my emotions in a way that I may not otherwise do in the heat of the moment.
My day becomes simpler as my heart beats life through my veins and fresh oxygen saturates my muscles. I finish my run energized and ready to take on the world, for I know that I tamed my flesh in this moment and convened with the Lord. My body, mind, and soul are in agreement as my pace slows and I come to a stop and begin the slow saunter back to my car for a sip of water and a light stretch.
Perspective is the gift running gives me. It’s a gift I discovered long ago and pursue every day so that I may never forget my purpose and can remain focused on the important aspects of my life. My wife says I’m grumpy on the days I don’t run. It’s because on those days I lack perspective and a general appreciation for life. Running is my muse; an activity that adds value and texture to my life.
Running may not be for you, but before you dismiss it, try forcing yourself out of bed one frigid morning and get yourself outdoors and on a trail somewhere near where you live and allow the discipline of running to give you some perspective on your life.