As I was running yesterday, this phrase popped into my head.
Love, Peace, and a Little Understanding goes a long way!
I’m not really sure why it popped into my head, but lately I have realized how good it is for the soul to drop the judgments and replace it with a little understanding. There will be times in life when those around you will not agree with your choices/thoughts/perceptions and you may not agree with theirs as well. I have realized that their choices and opinions are theirs alone and have nothing to do with my own choices. I can only control my thoughts, vision, plans, behaviour…etc so I’m wasting time and energy trying to change something I have no power over!
I have the power to change my perceptions, to accept others just as they are, to show love/peace/understanding because I haven’t walked in their shoes and they haven’t walked in mine! We are all just people. 🙂
It takes very little to turn a bad attitude into a good one and I know that’s why the running bug has bit me. Now don’t be fooled into thinking that I’m a graceful runner nor am I a fast runner…I was passed by a toddler followed up by a gentleman toting a wheeled oxygen tank on the running track yesterday.
I know I talk A LOT about how amazing exercise is for the body, mind, and soul but when you find something that brings you so much joy, it’s hard to keep it in! If I’m having a bad day and my heart hurts, I can’t wait to push myself at the gym to the point that the physical pain takes over the heart ache. I know that sounds odd, but for me exercise turns heart ache, into physical pain (if I push myself), into pride and joy…all in the course of an hour. I may go in defeated, but I always leave uplifted. I actually wish there was a camera that captured the expressions of people walking into a gym and then the expressions walking out. There would be great proof in the healing power of exercise and the pride that accompanies it!
Exercise heightens a good day as well. It turns a good day into a great day. I often have to repeat in my head: “Don’t break out into spontaneous dance in the middle of the running track, someone could trip over you.” and “Don’t start singing loud while on the treadmill.”
Here’s the song that made me want to dance it out yesterday during my run. Instead I opted for a slow jog/fast walk…heavy on the hip sway accompanied with a head bob and a finger snap. Yes, I am a dork.
Anywhoooo….just thought I would sing the praises of exercise once again! It brings moments of clarity to my heart. If you believe exercise is not something you could enjoy, I encourage you to try it out consistently (even a couple times a week) for a month, and see what it does for you!
Here’s to Love, Peace, and a Little Understanding to all we encounter in life. 🙂