One day I was telling my friend Gene about my goals, and how worried I was that I would never achieve them all. I can be impatient when I have something in my head that I want to accomplish, and when it seems it will take forever to implement.
His first response was compassion for me, that I felt I had to work so hard to feel valuable in this world. Then he offered some practical advice: "Take aimless walks."
My reaction to that was, "No! Please, anything but that!"
That was probably three years ago, and I've only taken his advice once so far. If I'm going to do something slow like walking, I need a destination. To actually start walking for no reason, with no destination in mind, goes against every fiber of my being.
As I observe my own thoughts and emotions about this, "the lady doth protest too much" comes to mind... so perhaps Gene's advice is more important than I realize. Okay, okay, I surrender. This week, I will take one aimless walk – no running, no destination, just pure walking.
© 2015 Dr. Kristin Rose