Short run this morning. Barely saw it go by.
Running is sort of my Cathedral, my meditation time. (And yes, I borrowed that last line from Billy Joel.) So when I am running, I process the things that are weighing most heavily on my mind. Sometimes, the mundane occupies front stage. For example, today I thought a lot about the coming week. Building the itineraries, agendas, and checklists for the week. (More on this, I’m sure, in future blogs.) I also thought about the menu for a Monday night dinner that I am hosting for some good friends.
But then, my mind always turns to weightier matters. The matter du jour was change and uncertainty. I am experiencing some major shifts in my life. Changes in my employment, where I live, and other personal items mean a lot of uncertainty in the near term.
Change and uncertainty. A double edge sword.
I get very excited about the changes in my life! I am less enthusiastic about the uncertainty. In fact, you could say that uncertainty is the source of some amount of stress for me. You see, my mind has a very bad habit. Left unattended, it loses focus and rolls downhill (Stupid gravity!!) into uncertainty with all of its anxiety, senseless speculation, and worry. But as I run, I remind myself that I have a choice. I can direct my thoughts towards the positive changes that give me energy. As I shift my focus to the “Change” side of the sword, it occurs to me that I have complete control over the changes in my life. I can choose what I do today and, therefore, the results I get tomorrow.
On the other hand, I have little control over uncertainty. Most of it is just in my head, anyway. All made up. Fiction. Not real.
So now that my run is complete, I have endorphins coursing through my veins! And I have a positive and correct focus looking forward! Cool start to the weekend!!
I am 10.25 along my A2B Journey. Today I finished up at La Mirada Blvd & Excelsior Drive in La Mirada, CA right by the La Mirada Theatre.