“It’s in the Matrix!”…
This is what I’m beginning to tell people because there are so many things in my head, texts I need and want to reply to not to mention the emails and all of the fun, creative stuff I’m still trying to stay on top of and do to encourage others. It’s gotten a bit busy and I’m seeing (and responding to!) the need to be far more active!
I was pretty active when preparing for our mission trip to Guatemala – with the elevation, it was a NEED for me to get into shape and I’m so thankful for my wonderful personal trainer who helped me get ready for it. Once we got back though, there was a bit of a let down as we adapted to our summer routine – which wasn’t really a routine – and I became fairly inactive.
Since starting my new job – praise God! – there have many, many things to do and tackle and the temptation to be inactive in the down times was beginning to pull at me and quite honestly, it wasn’t working.
So, in addition to purchasing a Wii Fit Plus (it’s really so fun!), I signed up to participate in a 5K for Snowball Express with my 17yo son. I was more than clear that I would only be walking from start to finish and I did that. It was funny how I was fully prepared to walk at my own pace, alone with headphones, when one of the Board of Directors that we’ve grown fond of asked if he and his dog could walk with me.
What was I going to say, “no”?!? (Okay, if you know me, you know I was tempted.)
I told him yes and for the majority of the walk, we walked together and his pace (yep, he’s in his late 50s, early 60s) was pushing me. And it was good for me.
Worked up a little bit of a sweat. Learned a bit about him and his business and what he and his wife do together for fun. I took in the beautiful view of Fort Worth from Trinity Park and I got a workout.
Having removed the pressure from trying to medal (by running), I got so into the conversation and seeing the beautiful views along the route – we got off course and entered the finish line from the wrong side. Yep, that happened.
But, I’m still so pleased because I actually F-I-N-I-S-H-E-D and will be crossing that fun deed off of my Zero Day Project List! Even better though, in my soreness, I still worked out and went to work and functioned and maneuvered and in only five days, I’m feeling pretty good. It’s so exciting because I can tell how helpful it is to all of the things happening in my head (the matrix) to have a physical release that is good for my body.
It was so powerful to see so many come out to support families of the fallen and for us to be able to be a part of it. I’m so grateful that we were able to share this experience.
I’m so very proud of my kid for deciding to run and getting a medal in his age group. He was hanging in there pretty well with some of those military recruits that were running in sync and shouting and all that stuff that I blocked out so that I wouldn’t even pass out thinking about it.
My favorite part though was his waiting at the Finish Line for me. He finished and had words of encouragement for his mama. It was such a treat!
And for those couple of hours, I was able to handle the crazy in the matrix. It wasn’t daunting and it was okay to be there, not trying to conquer list after list after list. I was in the right place, doing the right thing, even though all that was happening in the matrix was still there, moving and dangling, waiting for when I could get back to it, I wasn’t nearly as stressed. I realized that I think I get why people work out.
So, if you talk to me soon or haven’t heard back from me as early as you’re used to, please know, “it’s in the matrix” and I’m moving closer to it.
How do you deal with all of the things in YOUR matrix?