Why I chose to participate:
I’m a full-on introvert. I always max out that category on personality tests. I need an adequate amount of “alone time” to function well. So, you would think a forced period of isolation would be a great gift to me. Well, you can get too much of a good thing. I like cake but I don’t want to eat a whole cake. What I’ve learned these past three months of confinement is that, while I do cherish my solitary time, I also draw energy from being with others, much more than I realized. Not just the people I know and love, but also the everyday contact with my fellow human beings in the ordinary rhythms of life. I miss it. Taking part in the Moving In Faith challenge is a way of having a connection with others in some small way, working together in a worthwhile endeavor.
What’s been your health journey?
I’ve been physically active my whole life. Daily exercise is something that is as ingrained in me as brushing my teeth. It keeps me mentally and physically centered. Over the last 30 years, running has been my movement of choice. However, one of the blessings of this recent “shutdown” has been the amount of time my wife, Kendra, and I have had together. We have taken many, many long walks together, something we would never have had the opportunity to do in ordinary times. It has been good for our souls. And aren’t we all so blessed by the trails and green spaces we now have access to in our community? Twenty years ago it was Shelby Farms or Overton Park. That was it. But now…WOW!
What do you tell yourself when things get tough?
“I better go for a run.” It’s true. In good times and bad, nothing keeps me as emotionally healthy as being able to take a run. I’ve worked through a lot of my own and the world’s problems out on a run. It’s prayer time, meditation time, time to ponder and think. Physical activity and good mental health go hand-in-hand. Google it sometime and you’ll read for days. In life, there are so many things we don’t have control over. That has been especially true recently when numerous freedoms have been taken away. One thing I do have control of though is the ability to go out and put one foot in front of the other. It’s the best medicine I know.
These last months have been filled with uncertainty and anxiety for most of us. For myself it has been a test of my faith. When I can’t control things, how much am I able to let go and trust in God’s providence? The passage below by Thomas Merton has been a helpful daily prayer for me.
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” Amen.
God bless and keep on movin’.