One Step After Another
I hate running. Every morning the alarm rings and I’m greeted with another chance to find an excuse why I can’t get out of bed. It’s like I’m in high school again asking “just 5 more minutes.”
But today I do what I normally do, roll out of bed and hit the pavement.
On this particular day (Monday) I was on my usual run when a thought hit me:
Life is like running, you are required to put one foot in front of the other until you get to your finish line. Then you do it again. Day after day.
The metaphor of running is so practical to where I am at in life.
I’m in that stage where a lot doesn’t make sense, but I know I have to keep taking steps. And to be honest, I feel like giving up. Nothing makes sense around me. I often wonder why am I even running? And yet something tells me to keep taking steps.
Wouldn’t it be easier if life was more like sitting on a couch?
That sounds appealing.
No decisions, no pain, no worry.
But also no progress.
What I’ve learned in this “one step after another” stage is the process is what we need to focus on, not the end results.
The lie in this stage is clarity. I (maybe we) want to believe the lack of clarity is a clear sign to quit, stop, just take a break, sit this one out.
The truth in this stage is trust. Knowing each step is taking me forward. I’ve been here before, experienced this pain in the past, know the finish line is ahead.
In the midst of pain, hurt, and confusion I wonder if it is all worth it?
Will this work? Am I able to do this? The answer: with each step, I go further and respond to my doubt and get closer to my destination.
With each morning, the sun rises, the metaphorical “pavement” calls, and I choose to take another step. To stay faithful to the pursuit. To know the finish line will appear.
I just have to be okay with confronting the pain that comes with each step in order to reach my destination.
Jon Acuff hit it on the head:
And I wish it was different.
I wish it was easier.
But we both know it’s not.
Life is about those who show up to the starting line each morning and decides to put one foot in front of the other.
Keep running friends.