I love to run outside. There is something therapeutic and detoxifying about running with nature all around you. With music pumping in my ears and the wind in my face, a cacophony of melodies one can’t find on a treadmill is suddenly formed all around me.
The other day I was running, and when I do run I let my mind open up freely to explore all kinds of thoughts and feelings. One thing that kept popping up in my brain was all the cracks and crevices I run beside on the streets. It made me think of how we, as in our inner self, are cracked in just the same way as that pavement. Pressures of life often break through our concrete wall of self-assurance and positivity. We are all imperfect people striving to lead a perfect life, and along the way we acquire some pretty big potholes to show for it. But there is beauty in those imperfections too. They are learning curves, they are life experiences, they are tears of pain and joy. But most of all they are the things that make us who we are today, right now.
Self-Reflection is one of the healthiest things we can do for ourselves because it permits us to look at those “cracks” we have made over time, see the good, the bad, and the ugly with them, then try and heal from it. Whatever you see when you look in the mirror, whatever “cracks” you have staring back at you, know that those are teachable moments in life. They might be mistakes made or things that happen to us which are out of our control. But remember that Love and Hope are greater powers than Negativity and Self-Destruction. Know that something higher out there is holding you up (for me that is Jesus), helping you along the way through this crazy thing we call “Life.”
So the next time you see a large crack in the pavement, recognize what it took to get there. And relish in the fact that, even though the crack exist, the Foundation is still standing strong and holding up to the environment around it.
Until next time,