I am hard-pressed to think of anything more indulgent and luxurious than to tip-toe back into a quiet house after running and getting back into my jammies, back into bed and try to catch a few more zzz's before the kids wake up.
Especially if it's sunny and fresh outside my bedroom window.
And, yes, I realize this is turning into a running blog - and honestly it may be. I am learning so, so, so much more about (an already entrenched passion in me) how our relationships with our bodies (and health) directly relate to and tie in to our relationship with God. I am learning so much more and more.
And what I am learning is all good news!
I have heaps of pictures I want to post, a precious new family member coming to visit (only two weeks old!), bathrooms to clean and a couple weeks of school to close-up; but here is a fabulous link for now that describes exactly what I am learning. In order to trust God, I have to know what a life of trusting Him looks like. I think so often (to me) it has looked like will-power and fear (panic!) and responsibility and check-lists.
But if God actually is trustworthy and kind and all I know Him to be - letting go and enjoying that should really all look very different in me. Running is showing me what that means right now. Trail running with girlfriends is becoming my canvas of play. And the new place of beauty I am learning so much in right now.
"Stuart Brown has done wonderful research on play - his book has really helped me get my head and heart around play. Rather than defining play, Brown proposes seven properties of play. One property of play is that it's time spent without purpose. In our culture that's also known as an anxiety attack. Our TO-DO lists are so extensive that we feel like slackers if we're not working to check off tasks every single minute of the day and night. Even sleep has started to feel self-indulgent.
Brown also identifies losing track of time as an important property of play. Understanding this property of play has taught me a lot about myself. For me, nesting is play. Piddling around my house is play. Editing photos is play.
Brian Sutton-Smith writes, "The opposite of play is not work; it's depression." The more I play, the more I believe it."