A Runner’s Thoughts: “I know that when I finish strong, I’m cultivating and honoring the love and commitments in my life. As a runner, it’s time to apply that hard-earned wisdom to everything I do.” (Kristin Armstrong) So too if you walk or move through life another way…
A Runner’s Thoughts: Samuel Shoemaker once said, “Prayer may not change things for you, but it for sure changes you for things.” Let's make our next run, walk or movement through life another way a prayer and allow ourselves to be changed!
A Runner’s Thoughts: Running can be a time for finding out who we really are, it is time on the road, the sidewalk, the trail with no one to measure our distance but ourselves. Running can be finding out our true character as we run lap after lap. It can be not giving up when exhausted and journeying to the finish. Running can help us to trust in ourselves and know somehow that God’s grace is enough for us. This can also be true if we walk or move through life another way…
A Runner’s Thoughts: If we approach each run, walk or movement through life another way as a pilgrimage and believe that the realizations of our goals of this pilgrimage happens with each step taken, then we are truly wandering down a sacred path. Our runs, our walks or our movements through life another way become holy. If we run, walk or move with a sense of the sacred in our heart, we transform the earth beneath us into holy ground. If we run, walk or move with the intention to find God, then we become pilgrims. If we have the pilgrim’s sacred intention then we change a simple, humble run, walk or movement into “God’s Run! God’s Walk! God’s Movement!” (Adapted from Roger Joslin – Running the Spiritual Path)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “I run because long after my footprints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same conclusion I did: I run because it always takes me where I want to go.” (Dean Karnazes) The same is true for walking or moving through life another way…
A Runner’s Thoughts: Let us run, walk or move through life another way today with a spirit of gratefulness. Before we begin our run, walk or movement through life another way, let us declare our intention to look upon all we encounter with the freshness of the unexpected. Let us run, walk or move through life another way with a sense of miraculous expectation and allow a feeling of gratitude for the extraordinary and the ordinary to flow through our being. (Adapted from Roger Joslin – Running the Spiritual Path)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Now bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible.” (William Shakespeare) “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Perhaps these thoughts can be found in how Jesus is asking us to live? – Have a great day whether you run, walk or move through life another way...
A Runner’s Thoughts: As you run, walk or move through life another way today try to do it God-centered. In other words, make your run, walk or movement through life another way a run, walk or movement in which you honor God through the voices of nature. Let yourself experience all the sounds of nature around you; the wind, the trees, the leaves. Listen to the sounds of water if you go near a creek, river or the ocean. Smell the scents of nature around you. Remember in the Psalms, the rivers clapped and the ocean roar in praise of God, so join in the chorus with your run, walk or movement through life another way. Look, purposefully, for signs of God’s creation, offering praise. Become one among the many voices of creation to give praise as you run, walk or move through life another way today! (Adapted from Roger Joslin)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Running is elementary. It is elegant in its simplicity.” (John Bingham) The same is true for walking and moving through life another way – they are elementary and simple!
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” (Arthur Ashe)
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run!"
A thought from time to time about Running and Life!