The moral of the story…

March 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Gather ’round, children.  It’s story time, Not Unless I’m Being Chased – style.

Once upon a time, there were two lumberjacks (lumberjanes?  lumber people?)  in a huge dense forest.  Both lumberjacks were told to cut as much timber as they could during the day.  One lumberjack worked at a feverish pace, never stopping to rest, never taking a break, never intentionally slowing down.  His saw blade became duller and duller and his arms heavier and heavier as he sawed through the enormous trees.

The other lumberjack stopped when he was fatigued, paused to sharpen his blade and then got back to work.  He repeated this process as necessary, never dawdling, but never ignoring cues to rest.  He became tired from the effort, but not exhausted.

Which lumberjack do YOU think ended up with more cut wood at the end of the day?

It’s an open-ended question and there’s not really a wrong answer, but I believe the second lumberjack ended up with more lumber.

So what’s the moral of the story?

It’s okay to walk during a run.  Just don’t…

STOP!

Let’s clear one thing up here: I don’t consider slowing down to walk during a run a mark of failure.  I consider it a mark you’re listening to your body.  It’s if you let yourself go from running, to walking, to stopping and quitting that I think there might be a problem.

I think this is probably true in life, too.  I won’t lie, peeps: that iPhone snafu from earlier put me in a dark, gray, cloudy kind of a mood almost all day.  It tainted a lot of my waking time, unfortunately.  I couldn’t stop blaming myself or wishing I hadn’t been so careless (the phrase “two hands!  TWO HANDS!” ran through my mind a lot today).  But you know what?  If I keep this attitude up, I’m stopping.  I’m quitting an otherwise good day.  I can slow down, process my icky feelings and get back to the task at hand (that task being LIFE).

Remember that there is an end to everything in life: if you’re running, there’s a mileage goal and an end.  If you’re having a bad day: that day will end and that mood will end.  You have to recognize whether you’re resting up to keep going or stopping to sulk and drag it out.  You have to decide how you’re going to get to that end.

So I’m going to start back to my day now.  I wasted enough time upset about that phone.  We have some buddies coming over to watch a basketball game tonight and it will be fun. 🙂

I hope you’re having a great day, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing!

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  1. sorry about your phone 😦 but glad to hear you had an awesome run and now get to enjoy friends coming over! 🙂


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