31 Mar Slice of Life: Returning to Routines … Until Next Year #SOL18
This morning I did not go to my now familiar spot. I did not pour my coffee. I did not light my candles. I did not arrange my daffodils, just so. I did not settle into my chair with my blanket. I did not open my computer. I did not log in. I did not draft my slice.
This morning I decided it was time to return my typical morning routine. I laced up my sneakers. I found my running gloves. I set my watch to track my pace. I drove my car to my other familiar spot. I hit the road and allowed the smells, sights and sounds to ground me. As my feet hit the pavement and I fell into my stride, comfort washed over me. I remembered why I run.
I run this route nearly five times a week. My body knows every turn and slight incline. My mind expects to release about a half-mile in and find my zone. This is where I draft. I draft ideas, solutions, relationships, worries, and goals. I draft articles, presentations, proposals and new projects. I draft vacations, dinners with friends, adventures, and family outings. This is when my mind is at peace and can explore, hope, imagine and create.
I have missed my morning runs. I have missed starting my day connecting with my running friends. I have missed starting my day with the sunrise. I have missed beginning my day with laughter. I have missed hearing the sounds of birds awakening the day.
The end of this challenge is always bittersweet. There are so many things I will miss, but like all good things, this too must come to an end. Until next year – when my chair, my blanket and all of you will be waiting for me.
Congratulations – we did it!!
A HUGE THANK YOU to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Melanie, and Lanny for all you to nurture this community and providing this space for teachers and others to share their stories every day in March and on Tuesdays throughout the year.