This thought came about not from running, but from running around. I’m like everyone else I get easily caught up in the “to dos” of the season and often forget the reason for the season.
These past weeks I’ve been running around trying to do everything. I have parents who are aging and who are slowing down and have been a bit under the weather with seasonal maladies, a business that requires a lot of my time and energies and a home of my own that I share with two neurotic cats that also require attention. I’m sure everyone reading this can relate in some way, especially caregivers who put everyone and everything ahead of themselves.
With all the running around I’ve found little time to rest, run and reflect. Yesterday a teacher of mine gave me an AA acronym H.A.L.T (hungry, angry, lonely, tired) states that lead an addict off the path of sobriety, they also effect everyone in various ways. I find myself getting very irritable and on the edge of tears and or an angry outburst. My back aches both physically and metaphorically from the burdens I’ve taken on (mostly of my own volition). It is said that being aware of the problem is the first step to recovering – Today I’m taking steps; I will be more aware of when and what I eat – I will take time to work out to destress and work out angst – I will talk to friends and I will get rest. Small steps but positive ones.
Now to get back to running instead of running around!