Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Priorities

“Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, an intentional pause and reset, or a new route to start to see new options and new possibilities.” – Kristin Armstrong

It’s no secret that I have been slightly obsessed with Kristin Armstrong since one of my good friends turned me on to her book, Mile Markers:  The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run.  I subsequently found her blog and have been hooked ever since.  I typically find myself wandering over to her blog when I’m tired – either physically or emotionally – and seeking inspiration.  Today, I was tired.  I have found myself peeling my limbs off my cool sheets a few minutes late more mornings than I care to admit.  For someone who at one point this spring was working out at 5:20 am every day, it’s embarrassing to think how far the pendulum has swung.  But, nonetheless, my tired body needed some words of inspiration and Kristin Armstrong delivered.

I’ve been stuck in a pile of priorities.  My workload increases as the summer months heat up and it can be hard to find the true priority in a pile of everything-was-due-yesterday!  But, I see this exhausting syndrome in my personal life too.  When everything is important – career, marriage, friendships, family, home, fun, health, etc. – nothing gets the time and energy it deserves.  When everything’s a priority, nothing is a priority!


As Kirstin so wisely pointed out - sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective.  Or, as I like to think, a new path to run down.  My workload seems to remain the same, but elsewhere in my personal life I'm excited about this subtle shift.  As summer months give way to the cool breeze of fall, as school years start and new possibilities present themselves, I have a funny feeling that the air is full of anticipation for more than just yours truly! 

Cheers!
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