Walking Alone

One of the more difficult things that we singles deal with is doing things on our own. It isn’t always easy, even for us extroverts. For me, entering a room by myself, especially if I don’t know anyone else, puts me in automatic introvert mode. I scan the room for a familiar face or at least someone else that is standing alone too. It is one of the most stressful things we do: we walk alone.

I guess in part that is why I have developed such a fondness for walking. I don’t need anyone else to walk with me. I also don’t feel as if I stand out because I am walking alone — lots of people are walking all by themselves.

Somehow in the solitude of walking alone, I find peace. It is in these times that I find myself having those spiritual conversations with God about being alone and what my purpose is for this world in which I live. I come home feeling more energized and more purposeful.

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I am reminded that there are blessings to living a single life and if I focus on those then I can find joy. I am able to walk where I want and experience what is there for me to breathe in. I can make my own decisions about where I go and when I go. I can focus on me for a short while instead of focusing on the needs of a partner. I don’t see this as selfish but rather I see it as a healthy way to build the energy to interact with others in that purposeful way I am seeking.

So the next time I feel alone (or lonely) I think I will put on my shoes and take that walk outside my door. I will look at the beauty of the world in which we live and spend some time talking with the one who created it. I think it will bring more balance to those times when I have to walk in the room alone – I can reach back and pull forward the safety and comfort I felt walking with the creator and enter the room knowing I am not ever actually walking alone…

 

Predawn Walking

Olie the Beagle and I were up and out this morning before sunrise. His mommy was off to work so we walked out into the brisk morning air with her.

I forgot how incredible early mornings can be. They have a different sort of quite to them. It is a quiet waiting for noise to break out!

In the distance I could hear the rush of cars on the highway as folks begin their busy days. It almost sounded like the rhythm of the ocean when I awake at the beach. Funny how we can let any noise have a positive impact if we let it!

And the sky. I couldn’t capture the full image but looking up there was a sliver of the moon lingering in the morning light. A perfect time to reflect on yesterday and consider the options for today. A sense of peace that we can start fresh each day.

What a gift morning can be. I encourage you to get up early if that isn’t your normal routine. Watch the sun break through the night shadows and sit still in quiet. Breathe in the sights and sounds around you. Reflect on yesterday and what you can do better today. Invite God to walk with you and the Holy Spirit to guide you in a purposeful way as you step into the day.

No matter where you live and what your schedule looks like, there is something for each of us if we are willing to look. Even among the high rises or new construction, we can find God’s gift of beauty in this place we call home. Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to find that beauty as you walk through your day!

Mall Walking; Escape from the Rain

As the cold rain fell, I was left wondering what to do about my commitment to walking everyday. I had just walked my first two-plus miles and I didn’t want to lose my flow. So I figured, walking is walking and it doesn’t matter where I walk.

So I became a “mall walker” and it was a great experience!

My app for walking worked inside the mall so I still received all my walking alerts. I thought I could at least get a mile out of circling through my neighborhood shopping center. Imagine my joy at completing two miles in 40 minutes. Continue reading “Mall Walking; Escape from the Rain”

Walking Forward a Step at a Time

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It has been a few years now since I retired from a job that I thought I would never leave. Leaving was stepping into a new world. It has taken me a good while to finally accept that my life has changed from the dream I imagined. There is nothing about where I am today that I ever conceived for myself.

I guess I have been looking for a new place to belong and a new sense of family ever since I retired. It seems every-time I thought I was there, I wasn’t.  The problem is I have been looking for others to accept me, to welcome me into their group, and to make me feel I matter. I have been searching for a healthier way to be seen, but I couldn’t even see myself.  Continue reading “Walking Forward a Step at a Time”