. . . in this post, I disclosed to all of you that I never run with a phone. Running is my time to completely disconnect, be alone, undisturbed, and in complete peace. Was I ever surprised by the concerned texts, emails, and phone calls I received regarding that piece of information.
Several people encouraged me to reconsider that decision. Just take your phone, they said.
At first, I resisted but then. . . I relented. Now, my phone is with me on every run and I just have to say Thank You.
Sure, thank you for caring and for wanting me to be safe. . . I truly felt your concern. But even more you gave me a gift.
Now that my precious iPhone is with me, not only is my body engaged in my run. . . so are my eyes.
I notice everything. The way the sun slowly illuminates the path before me. The way the shadows shift according to the position of the sun. I notice the abundance of the clouds and the always changing nature of the sky.
I notice the way the fog slowly drifts upward and the way that nature so effortlessly puts on a captivating show. The landscape has become more interesting as I wonder about the history and the inhabitants of the farms I pass.
Because of you, my caring readers, my morning runs have become so much more than the increase of my heart rate and a pace per mile. Because of you my morning runs have become an experience that has increased my love and awareness of the beauty that exists all around me.
It’s everywhere. . .
. . . if only I will open my eyes to see it.
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~Lao Tzu