Spiritual Life Coaching – Treadmill
Yes, I was on a treadmill today. It’s not a metaphor for life – it’s just something I need to do more of during the winter. Seasonal Affect Disorder – SAD – affects me dramatically and walking indoors or out helps. I need to do that more but I have a whole list of excuses of why I don’t. I want to take care of myself just because I want to be a good steward of what God gave me but I often don’t feel worthy of the responsibility. I let go and think I’m letting my body go where it wants with the help of gravity. Sometimes I even feel like the more I take care of it the more problems I have – it’s not true of course but you can convince yourself of just about anything when it’s winter.
Hibernation seems like a good alternative right now too. My wealthy retired friends are zipping off to warm places to wile away the winter doldrums. I work to keep the Social Security System solvent for them. Tell me I need to take care of myself. Tell me that it’s good idea to carve out time in my day to walk or ride or lift some weights. Someone invited me to go to a yoga class this week but I’m not quite ready for that level of social interaction – an exercise class is a little too much for me but a solo workout out feels good most times.
So I’m going to try and do a little creative translating, “A treadmill will be there, a treadway, And it will be called the “Treadway of Holiness” The unclean will not travel on it, But it will be for him who walks that way, And fools will not wander on it.” (Isaiah 35:8) I’m going to try and let that verse motivate me in the morning darkness.