Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Willingness in Small Things

(You will note the lack of weeds and dead leaves - that means that I took this photo at a public park and not in my own garden)

Tonight I met some women from my running club at a park after work for a 3 mile walk/run. This is SO out of my comfort zone. To meet up with three other women, one I have met twice, one I have met once, and one I met for the first time tonight... and join them for about an hour. It was fun, and I am really glad I did it, but it was an exercise for me. An exercise in willingness to step outside of my comfort zone.

I used my garmin to navigate me to the park - and it told me to go a way I did not want to go... and I went that way anyway... even though I didn't want to. I would rather avoid the highways and stay on the side streets. I very much dislike the interstates through the city at rush hour. But Mr. Garmin told me to get on them, so I did. And I lived through the experience, and probably saved myself some real headaches.

I was talking with the other women about wanting to do a half marathon in June and being told to wait until July or August by my coach. They told me that I could argue and go ahead and do the June one. I told them that I was paying money to get direction from someone else who knows what they are doing - I might as well do it their way. I have plenty of experience with doing it my way - I think I would like to try it the other way for a while.

Which reminds me of what I was told when I was new to AA. "If you keep on doing what you are doing, you will keep getting what you are getting." And I think that right now I would like to see some different stuff and I am willing to do some little things to change that.

Post Script: I made up my American Idol mind tonight. Probably Crystal Bowersox is the most talented. She is endearing in many ways. But I really like what Lee Dewyze has been doing in the last couple of weeks, and he graduated from the same high school I did (only 1,400 years later). So, I think I am going to be phoning in my votes for him for the next couple of weeks. Because you need to know this....


Syd said...

We talked about willingness tonight. It seems to permeate my life in Al-Anon. I am more than willing to do what needed to be done in order to recover. I am glad for my willingness.

dAAve said...

Good for you on getting out of your comfort zone. Even though you should probably be getting some rest.

I've never voted for AI.

Ed G. said...

When my willingness has matched up with God's grace, amazing things have happened.

Blessings and aloha...

AnyEdge said...

If your GPS NavSat is traffic enabled, it probably shows you the shortest time route during current traffic conditions: don't let me tell you all the reasons that this is a bad idea. It gets Mathy and Pontificatory. You can probably set it to avoid highways.

Anyway, I'm glad you got out of your comfort zone to go running. I need to go running no matter how I feel. I haven't started again, and soon it will be too hot.

Kim A. said...

I would have probably gone my way instead of what the garmin said. I am working on the willingness part...still :-D


Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Crystal does consistantly amaze and touch me with her talent too!

I cried last night!

Willingness goes a long way toward helping me to experience miracles where I would otherwise balk!