Finishing another training run this morning on the Oxford Square. I’ve always thought Oxford was a great running town. Just the right amount of hills and the weather is generally pretty good. I started running here when I was 20 and continued pretty consistently until we had children. I tried occasionally to break back into the habit over the years to limited success. I guess the desire to run was outweighed by my schedule and my conditioning. But now, I’m back in the preverbal ‘saddle’ and enjoying it greatly. It helps to have fresh legs and a new lease on health, but it also helps to be able to control my own schedule. Except for the deep heat of summer, I’m not a big early morning runner. I like to have had my coffee and cleared my mental fog before I go. It’s so nice to be able to pick my time, put on a great music set and take off.
There’s really more to it than that. Running has always given me the opportunity to think and commune with God. I love heading out, putting in my earbuds, tuning into good tunes, tune out to a degree and get into deep and cleansing thought processes. It might be business, family, adventure or just rambling thoughts in my mind. I enjoy the peace it brings me and I like to choose the time that moves me. I’m not a 5:30 am every day guy. Somedays I’ll go early but others, I just need to pick a time that moves me. One big reason that I’m choosing my current lifestyle vs. getting back into the corporate grind.
I love it and It’s nice to have it back in my lifestyle! #Runningafter50 #GetIt #StayingLeanIn2019
I’ve been reading another of Raymond Charles Barker’s books, ‘Treat Yourself to Life’ and this mornings reading was so convicting. It was something that I really needed to read this morning and commit to my memory. To do this, I have to first really, truly believe it to commit it to my conscience before I can begin to change my sub-conscience and eventually my actions around whatever it is I am working to achieve.
In thinking through this, I realized, and I have been feeling this for some time, that to move ahead, we must almost abandon the past thoughts and memories. While past thoughts and memories can be comforting; I believe they are, even if of experiences that weren't optimal, we must resist the continued wrapping of ourselves in the ‘blanket’ of past memories as they can just hold us back.
To move past this and visualize a better future, I have to create a better vision of what my future self and life will look like. For me, it is all about freedom and all that entails. To get there, my focus needs to be placed there as well.
Today’s treatment from the before mentioned book, is noted below:
“I believe that at the center of my being there is a power which is a joyous, creative power. I believe that my recognition of this power causes it to act for me. I now recognize it and say, come fourth, break through every obstruction with which time, space and memory have surrounded you. Break through every pattern of the I can’t, or the I shouldn’t, or what will happen if I do. Break through the past of background, heredity, and tradition. Joy in me, come out through me, increase ways of good, unrestricted by my own memory and my own background. Come out and operate through me. There is a joy at the center of my being. This joy I did not create, but it created me. This joy in me is spiritual power. I now release it. Nothing in me blocks it. I let it out and it finds creative ways to appear. It makes me a whole and better person. It takes me out of what I am not, into what I really am, and into what I want to do and will do.”
Let’s do this. #GetIt
I know you see me creating thes inspirational photos quite a bit. Why you might ask? For one, I enjoy them and creating them actually drives my creativity and learning. Plus I only choose sayings that inspire me and I hope they do the same for you as well.
This saying I picked up off of a Podcast from Ed Mylett. When I heard this I immediately thought of the many times that I’ve blamed a turn in life on life, someone in life or even an event. But this little turn on the words moves me from a negative place to a positive one. One that I can always learn from.
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