I know I have not been the most consistent blogger in the world but life is happening– mainly work. To help keep my sanity, and my weight in check, I have resumed running. To help keep me motivated to run, I have joined a small running group and signed up for a 5K.
Last Sunday was the second time we met and I realized that there is a lot of life lessons within running. I decided that I am going to share my thoughts on the matter.
Today’s life lessons came in the form of growing, commitment, and friendship.
Lately, in church and in life, there has been a subtle thread of “reaching your next” or moving onto the next thing.
Growing is great and everyone applauds it and wants it. But the thing about growing means stepping beyond what you are comfortable with. You like to create art? Great. Start selling them. Love photography? Enter a competition. Want to sprint a mile? Run. And Run. And run. And run. And run. Growth and maturity aren’t without its ache and pains. Stumbling blocks and “why did I do that?”. But you can’t grow if you don’t stretch.
However, one thing I really don’t like is changing. I like knowing what is coming next. What to expect the next day. Keeps things simple. I like simple.
There is only one problem: no change, no growth.
But if I want to grow, that means I need to step forward.
For me, that means putting my writing out where people can see it. It means expanding my knowledge by getting tutorials. And be corrected when I am wrong. Which is never a pleasant thing to experience.
But this only works if I do one thing: commit.
Wanting to grow. Wanting to become better. I can want all those things but none of them will come into existence if I don’t commit to become better. If I want to be a better photographer. If I want to create a cartoon or do anything else, I need to do it.
The best dancer committed to dancing every day. The best artist worked every day at their craft.
No matter what craft or art or field someone works in, the only way they mastered it was to work on it every day. They committed to practice and practice every day.
And it is not just craftsmanship or skills. It is also relationships. You like her? You like him? You have to commit to developing that relationship. Or if you want a better relationship with coworkers or family members, you have to commit to working through it. Whether it is the hard times or good times.
And that brings me to the final life lesson: relationships
Do you want to succeed? Do you want to reach your potential? Than you need to surround yourself with people who will make you better. To make you the best you.
I am not talking about people who are manipulating you to be someone else. I mean people who are going to polish you.
We all have things that are not good in our character. Things include anger issues, shallowness, or lack of empathy.
Good relationships will want us to become better. To correct that. And sometimes that means getting slapped up side the head and say “Yo– you doing a dumb and you need to stop.”
Part of it also means surrounding yourself, good people. If you want to become someone than surround yourself with people you want to become like. Who you are is dependent on the people you hang out with.
Here is an old saying I heard: bad company corrupts good character.
Be very careful who spend time with.
Life is hard, tough, and often times not fair. But you can’t restart or exchange it for someone else’s life. You only get one life.
By the same token, you can’t cross the finish line if you don’t run the race.