Returning to the Walk’

I was sick for a few days and not up to taking my walk. In my mind I was walking, but the feet weren’t actually moving. It’s like those times when we have an inspirational thought and can visualize a possible outcome-and then we don’t actually put fire to the vision to bring it to life.

In the business world, I was pretty darn good at coming up with great ideas and gathering smart minds together to implement my vision. I have not had that same success in church ministry or in fully implementing the vision I have been given for singles. It is much harder to get people involved unless they see some direct benefit or application to their lives. Your vision may not be theirs and they may not feel compelled to join your team.

That is perfectly okay. If God has given you a vision go ahead and take the steps forward. Ask people to join you and don’t be upset if they don’t share your vision. Share your vision any way because it is possible that someone else will have the responsibility to lay out the mission and pathway forward. In the end, if we remember not to make it all about us, our vision might come to life, even if it is under the leadership of someone else.

Don’t be afraid to receive a new vision either. Let go of what didn’t seem to work, learning and growing from the experience, and chart a new path for yourself. That’s what I did with The Lighter Walk. It was time to change. And as I have begun this new Walk, I am refreshed and excited to just keep stepping forward, wherever the road leads.

If you have taken a pause on your walk, consider restarting the walk before it slips away from you altogether. Ask people you trust to walk with you and help you to see the call more clearly. Get a coach or spiritual director who has no agenda other then to see you walk forward. Never be afraid to begin again because after a period away you are likely to return with new ideas and new energy. Go ahead–hit the start button and GO!!

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”