I’m a bit behind on my Five Minute Friday post, things have been a bit nuts. If ever there was a bipolar week, it was this one. I had some of the greatest highs, and some of the all time lows that I’ve ever experienced in these last few days, and honestly finding the time to just sleep has been more important than blogging or social media. My soul has not found rest, and I have labored in toil.
|Ruby, my ever faithful running buddy|
Last night, when I got home, I had hit my breaking point. My back was knotted, my heart was heavy, and my eyes were tingling with the tears that just make me mad. Looking for solace I slipped on my running shoes, grabbed my iPod and faithful running companion, and hit the road. There is something about running that clears my mind. Even if I don’t think about what it is that has been bothering me, some how the rhythmic padding of my feet on the trail or pavement works out the kinks in my neck and loosens the tightness in my spirit.
I need music when I run. It sets my pace and gets my mind off of the sound of my own breathing, so I set my iPod to shuffle and waited for something to propel me to peace. The first song that lit up my ear buds was clearly a message to my heart. As I took my first steps, my stride lengthened to How Great is Our God. He is great and powerful. He has the strength to take the burdens I was carrying, and he gave me the opportunity for an outlet. My ever-heavy breathing began to regulate as I took solace in the soothing words, and by the end of the song I was feeling more at peace.
By the way, he next tune to slip it’s way into my consciousness was Glamorous. That’s right, Fergie, make a girl feel pretty. 🙂 It’s amazing how a song can change things.
The fine print: Five Minute Friday is an awesome little blog hop created by Lisa-Jo Baker as just another way to help encourage the women of our world. Every Friday she posts a single word, a blog prompt, and you have five minutes to write with abandon-no edits, deletes or redos. Just write. Then you link up with other blogs and spread a little bloggy love!