Started working out again yesterday after a long (read: verrryyy loooonnggg) time of NOT working out. 2.3 mile walk yesterday with some killer hills, and a 1.8 mile walk today. Its amazing the difference that two single walks/workouts can make. My mind feels clearer and more positive.
When I woke up this morning, my muscles protested.
"Get back into bed and be still- we are hurting here!"
And again after my 1.25 hour commute.
"Just where do you think you're walking to, missy?!" They said.
"Just get me across the parking lot to the building, please! Ouch!"
Every step I took today was a constant reminder of the hills that I climbed and overcame (literally) the day before. As the day passed, the protest turned into yearning to move more to erase the stiffness that I was experiencing. After the drive home and the ouch factor from moving after sitting still for an hour, I got ready and hit the road again.
As with any repeated motion, your senses take over, guiding your body to keep on moving while your mind wanders. Left. Right. Left. Right. I was reminded of a verse:
"Be still and know that I am God."
I had to laugh out loud. Here I was walking, using muscles that haven't been used in too long, completely in motion. It was at this point that I realized that it took complete movement before my mind could be still enough to marvel at the wonder of the creation that I was walking through.
It was on the first day's walk that I was nearing home again, and I was walking so slowly, laboring so completely, I didn't know how long it might take me to get back. Just then, I saw a baby rabbit sitting in the grass beside the road. Rabbits just happen to be one of my favorite animals since I was a child. When wild rabbits in our neighborhood would normally scamper back into the bramble at the first sight of danger, this little guy just sat there and looked at me. He sat still as I passed him and as I looked back he slowly hopped away, cotton tail and all. If that isn't a high five from God, I don't know what is.