Greetings from Minnesota. It was a chilly -7 this morning, and I sincerely hope it was the last really cold night of this winter. March starts tomorrow, which means spring can’t be that far away, right?
On this last day of February, I’m finally posting my own summary for my February 2011 Project: Share & Discover.
The challenge was simply “take time to breathe.” I wanted participants to spend five minutes (or more) just breathing, thinking, and being. Then, blog about the experience.
I haven’t gotten any takers yet, but I figure that may be a combo of how busy everyone is and the lack of wanting to be first. (So I will be first!) I’ll post a March challenge soon, but still feel free to complete the February challenge. If you’re having a day when you can’t think of anything to blog about, you can take five minutes to breathe. Then just go back to my February post and leave a comment with your link.
February 2011 Project: Share & Discover
At the beginning of my five minutes, I started by looking at the clock so I’d know when I started. The time isn’t the real point of the exercise, but I couldn’t help it. Then, I closed my eyes and immediately proceeded to think about how sore my knees felt. My knees almost never get sore after running, but apparently my 13 mile long run this weekend was a serious workout.
Then, I got my head back in the game. I’m not supposed to be thinking about aches and pains, I’m supposed to be thinking about “serious” stuff. 😉 So I started thinking about my family, and I started stretching various areas which felt like they needed it
As my mind continued to wrap around thoughts of my family and how lucky I am to have them, I gave my thanks to God. This reminded me that I really need to make a more intentional effort to pray, to thank God, and to share my thoughts with Him.
I can’t name or even remember all the other bits and pieces that were floating around in my brain, but I do remember thinking about my doubts on this marathon business. If 13 miles felt long this weekend, how in the world do I cover 26.2? Can I really do this?
I think my mind has gotten comfortable with the idea of marathon training. It’s my heart that has these moments of intense confidence and then moments of doubt where the sheer magnitude of the distance overwhelms me. Who am I to attempt a marathon?
Amid thoughts of running, I also had thoughts about the farm. The challenges it presents, the rewards it brings, and the lifestyle it means for me are all things I think about a lot. Occasionally I do muse about what it would be like to not structure our entire life around the cows. Would I have more free time, less long hours, and more of a social life? Would my life be as fulfilling? Likely no, because I do love the farm.
By contrast, what would it be like to not hear the moo of little calves waiting for their milk? What if I didn’t experience the satisfaction of working side by side with my husband to complete a big project, care for a sick cow, or deliver a new calf? What goals and dreams are at stake for us and combined with our identify as farmers?
Lots of big questions…
I think some of these thoughts are just expanding even as I type in this post, so I’m going to wrap up by saying I hope you make some time in your own busy life to just breathe. Share your thoughts or keep them personal, but take the time soon!