I’ve been spending a lot of time lately walking with my friend, Leslie. You haven’t met her? Well, neither have I, but she’s the queen of a large empire of walking DVDs.
I have been climbing out of bed early some mornings and joining her for either a two- or three-mile walk. I even did two miles this morning before Larry and I headed out of town to spend the day at Gibbs Gardens.
At Gibbs, I was pleasantly surprised to find my walking endurance has improved substantially. We walked and walked and I was able to keep up with Larry fairly well. It’s amazing to me how quickly the body responds to increased exercise, wanting to move itself toward fitness.
Building endurance feels good whether it’s in the physical, spiritual or social realm. Often we are afraid to begin tasks because they feel enormous or sometimes because they are enormous. But there’s an ancient Chinese proverb that says “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
And with enduring, continuing to put one foot in front of the other.
Some days it seems easier to sit still and not strive to move forward. It might be easier but it is rarely better and certainly not better for us. If only I could remind myself of that daily.