Practicing the Art of Relabeling

a kayak skimming the surface of the water

A kayak skimming the surface of the water

Good Day, God!

True friends are an enormous blessing!  Yesterday while I was doing my Monday morning walk with a dear friend, she told me: Running successfully isn’t just about running. It is a package deal. To do it right, one has to stretch and be sure to exercise the oppositional muscles to the ones used in running. Simply running isn’t enough!

Sigh. A cold dose of reality was splashed over me. It wasn’t that I didn’t “know” that — it was that I was choosing to ignore it. Hmm. That’s really easy to do, isn’t it, God. It’s so easy to see the shiny surface and forget all the work that has to go on beneath.

I listened to my friend. And yesterday I stretched and ran. Today I didn’t run but I stretched — only 6 minutes worth — but, I will improve. I say that with a rueful smile, God. My past record shows that I am indeed a sprinter . . . I’m not by nature inclined to handle the long steady grind so essential to training well — and to living well.

Hmm. Perhaps, part of the problem is the “label” grind. Stretching is hardly a grind! This morning I listened to a podcast from On Being and was finished in no time. If I could relabel it “small daily self-care,” that would make it easier to stick with it. What am I saying? Of course I can relabel it!

And, looking around me here in my office, I can see that I have lots of opportunities to rethink and relabel. Yes, I guess making a list would be a good place to begin.

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