Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Imagine if you will a winter wonderland. Fresh fallen snow covers the ground. Ice paves the way in some places where water has pooled and set, frozen in place as if time stands still in this place. It’s eerily quiet as not many venture here during the winter months. You look around and hear the majestic trees creaking as the wind brushes past. The branches bare except for the touches of snow that remain after the sun melts it as the day lingers on.

This beautiful scene is reserved for the few who brave the brisk cold temperatures for a walk or run on the trails, either alone or with a furry friend. What keeps many away? You might think it’s just the cold. But some complain it’s a lack of time. Other’s say it’s physical restraints. Yet others bemoan busyness or lack of desire keeps them away. The truth is the biggest obstacle is the same across the board, the thing that keeps most people away from enjoying such a wonderful winter scene as described above is people themselves. It’s self at it’s basic level.

In fact, the biggest obstacle that kept me away for 3 days this week was myself. I checked my weather app every morning. It was below 10 degrees for several days in a row. It was below my self proclaimed “limit” for going outdoors to exercise so I didn’t. I chose to do an indoors workout instead. I let my excuses rob me of the chance to take in the majesty of nature and the joy that I could have received from going outdoors. I finally mustered up the courage yesterday to force myself past my excuses, when it got to 19 degrees, to go outside for a run. I realized how much I missed it and remembered it wasn’t all that bad once I got moving. I vowed to not let the voices in my head get the best of me again, and promised to hit the trails today no matter what my weather app said. Luckily for me it was even a few degrees warmer today than yesterday was when I went out.

Point is, we often make up a story in our head that’s way worse than the truth. I’m currently reading Rising Strong┬áby Brene Brown. This is somewhat the premise of her entire book. The stories we tell ourselves can cause much more harm than good. For example, telling myself the limit for going outdoors to exercise robbed me of the potential to get in a good workout outdoors where I find the most joy and am able to feel my best. We often do this in many other ways, in regards to relationships, our jobs, our finances, just about anything in our life can be affected by the stories we tell ourselves. When we are truly honest with ourselves and get past the stories we are telling ourselves, we can often find freedom and experience life change. It’s such an interesting concept, simply changing the way we think about something or someone is really all that it takes to improve our situation. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it really can be the difference between a good day and a bad day – just by the way you craft the way you talk to yourself.

I highly recommend any book by Brene Brown, but Rising Strong is a good one. It’s a concept I’m trying to be better at, one day at a time. Today I succeeded and it was worth it.

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