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A Season makes all the difference

As I write this, the temperature outside is a balmy 62 degrees. Somewhere between comfortable weather in a jacket and short sleeves. Definitely great weather for being outside. In fact, I don't even dread the idea of cutting grass, vacuuming out the car, or hauling firewood around the yard.

Last night was our first church softball game of the year and the weather was just about perfect. As the weather continues to be consistently nice, I hope to spend more time outside taking walks with the family, going on adventures with friends, and playing various sports throughout the summer.

I have been training for the Flying Pig marathon over the winter and generally speaking, have not looked forward to any of the runs. While I am supposed to be training 4-6 days a week, I usually was only making it outside for 2 or 3 runs a week. These past couple weeks however, I have found myself looking forward to heading outside for my runs because the weather is so nice. So today, even though I have a day off of my running program, I was looking forward to a chance to get outside and enjoy the weather. Yesterday, even though I did my workout in the morning, I still decided to ride my bike to work and home again (10 miles round trip).

So even though the runs I am doing now are basically the same as the ones I have been doing all winter long, I did not look forward to the winter runs, but am looking for ways to add runs in the spring.

I think this goes to show that sometimes we can go through the same motions day-to-day or week-to-week and sometimes we can feel more inspired or more energized by what we do, solely because the atmosphere around us has changed. Some days you will go through the same routine as another day, but the day might be perceived as much more enjoyable because of other events in your life. Some seasons we will be more energized to go through the disciplines of daily life and some seasons we will be less inclined to go through the motions. The important thing in those "winter seasons" is to keep going through the disciplines of life even though it doesn't feel good. The payoff for spiritual and physical health is still worth it.

Now, it's time to go cut the grass because it's growing at a crazy rate of speed.

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