Thursday, February 29, 2024

Keep the Fire Roaring

Are you leaning into something right now, whether in your running or in your life? Are you enjoying being challenged by the process? Who said it was going to be quick or straightforward? As you know, I am ancy to get back to Switzerland. I just want the climb to be done and am definitely eager to see what I can do. That said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it taking a lot of time and effort. I just need to slow down and appreciate the process for what it is. There is in fact joy to be found in the slowness of the process. The simple enjoyment in the act of running or lifting as well as the lack of pressure have been liberating. If you focus on the process, you'll seldom be disappointed. 

I've got one month left to prep for the climb. I'm starting to realize, though, that what will make me successful is not what I do but how I pursue it. According to my picture files, I began serious weight training on July 8, 2022. Bit by bit, step by slow step, I am making my way back to the Alps (perhaps). My competitive nature and obsessive personality make this all the harder to deal with. I want so much to get springier, better, faster, stronger. I want that bread. But bread takes time to kneed, rise, and bake. If it's sourdough, it takes even longer. I'm pushing. Hard. Real hard. There is a glimmer of hope, and I'm clinging to it. I took this picture today after my workout.

Can this 71-year old climb another alp? It's incredibly tempting to slack off and give up. But I'm wired differently. Maybe it's the goal I've set for myself and a strong refusal to give up on it. When I do things, I like to do them well. Of course, it goes without saying that I don't always do them well. But when I miss the mark, it gnaws at me. If you're going to do something, you might as well do it right. Anything worthwhile requires time and dedication. We must not shy away from it. We embrace the temporary discomfort for the long term goal. And if the ship sinks? If the pond is fishless? You will press on still, not only because you are too stubborn to quit, but because nothing in life allows us to slacken our effort. 

My friend, as you chase down your goals, whatever they are, stand your ground. Keep the paths clear and the fire roaring, whatever happens. The Lord will not love you more if you climb the Allalinhorn, or less if you don't.