As we continue to take a step backwards with schools starting virtually, bars and restaurants at limited capacity and masks mandated anywhere outside your home, it seems like this pandemic crisis is never going to end. Believe me, I’m frustrated too (What I wouldn’t give to see some races on the calendar again and be healthy enough to compete!) But even with all the uncertainty and fear that surrounds the world right now, let me ask you this — what has been good? The silver lining? I have a few…
I don’t know about you, but I’ve talked to my Mom and Dad more in the last several months than I had all last year! And kudos to the Karger rents for learning how to use FaceTime and Zoom 🙂 This same re-connection goes for my siblings and many of my dearest friends who had fallen off the radar in the old day-to-day hustle and bustle. Not sure why it took a forced slow down for these conversations to take place, but I’m thankful for the ‘walk & talks’, video calls and virtual group stream workouts that sparked these relationships once again.
Not to mention with Paul and I both at home quarantined together it certainly has made us closer too! Our conversations went from ‘Did you pay the housekeeper?’ and ‘Did you give Milo his medicine?’ to ‘How are you holding up…really?’ We finally took a step back and went from the daily checklist chats to more meaningful connections and conversations together.
‘The way that we live out our lives is nothing more than an expression of the people and the relationships we’ve encountered and the things we’ve experienced along the way.’– mario fraioli
Switching to the Simple Life
No races. No sports. No concerts. No pool parties… and the list goes on! Don’t get me wrong, I miss all our favorite summertime activities and the exhilaration that only comes after a solid race! But you know, there is something very welcoming to life without a jam-packed schedule to juggle. With no dedicated training program or gatherings taking place, we can take a true break and take the opportunity to reset and refocus . So often we forget just how caught up we get in the swarm of life and end up going through the motions. We find pleasure in marking off that ‘to do list’ and packing our calendars to the max to feel accomplished and pleased with ourselves. (guilty!)
Now, weekends are much more free allowing more time for Paul and I to just be together. And, let me tell you – we’ve just been winging it, which has been empowering in a way? (And if you know me, I don’t do that! I’m super scheduled and structured! 🙂 ) While it was a hard transition at first, it’s been refreshing to exercise for the joy of it and not killing myself to hit a pace or crush the next interval in a very structured training program. I’m loving the quiet time out in nature and the peacefulness that surrounds. While it’s hard to be sidelined right now, but I’m focusing on what I CAN DO… and have found yoga 🙂 (pause for shock and awe!)
“So maybe looking ahead, I’m not trying to write my future out maybe like I used to, I’m just trying to go with the flow and see where the run takes me.”– Mary Cain
Pausing | Time to be Still
I know it’s easy to get caught up in the swarm of things competing for our attention right now – in the news, the chaos, the anxiety all that is in our view daily. But we can take a good look at this and be encouraged that God has a plan and a purpose. This situation can be seen as a huge obstacle or an opportunity to focus on trusting God and deepening our faith. Let us be still in His presence each day to seek comfort and peace.
I’ll be the first to say the last several months have been a rollercoaster – as it has been for many. But I will also say that I have spent more time in the Word and reading my devotional over the last several months which has lifted me through a lot. For me, it has given me a deeper sense of clarity and removed anxiousious from the uncertainties that are surrounding me.
“Faith is believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse.”Philip Yancey
What silver linings have you found among the uncertain and challenging times? I would love to hear yours…
May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:22