No matter the weather, St. M and I love a strong, solid walk each day. Living in an area with four complete seasons, stunning trails, and more, it’s truly a breath of fresh air we both crave daily. In fact, he often teases me with “it’s time to walk you now.” This is one way we stop to gratefully process, release, and regenerate ourselves.
Many of you know St. M spent years running full marathons; 49 of them in fact. While his overall health doesn’t lend itself well to this type of strenuous daily training now, his mindset of pacing and endurance are drilled into his being. Years of cultivated habits are deeply ingrained (but, y’all know, though, if you see me running, you should run too because something is chasing both of us!).
You may have heard the phrase, “It’s the journey, not the destination.” St. M says it this way: “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” They mean the same to me…let me explain.
His sporty-sentiment is directly related to gracefulness, gratitude, and thankfulness. Picture both of us on the same walking course with the finish line being our successful return home. Our walk time together is important, even if St. M’s natural competitiveness is to always be a step or so ahead. As he walks, he focuses on the road or path, the next marker on the trail, the next mile, which giant hills to tackle, and such. He is efficient and purposeful in his walking; he has a plan he must complete. Me? I walk with purpose while focusing on the brilliant blue sky, the trees, the flowering plants, the breeze in my face, waving at someone arriving or leaving, bird songs, SQUIRRELS!, and before I know it, we’ve completed our walking journey for the day. We both are present, thankful, and grateful to be walking even if we’re focused on different incentives. So… Which walker do you relate to the most and why?
Neither is right or wrong. The real point is to gratefully be present and experience the opportunity. We may have a destination/sprint in mind, but what a JOY it is to experience the walking journey/marathon along the way…even if St. M has to win by a step most of the time. 🙂