I have this keychain. It has an adorable little turtle, and inscribed on the keychain says “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.”
I was running in the park one afternoon a few weeks ago. It was a hot, muggy day, and frankly, pretty miserable. Why I made the choice to run in the afternoon, well, I’m not quite sure. It sure was gross outside.
The day prior, after 15 months of slow as a turtle pace, I finally made Weight Watchers Lifetime...which basically means if I can stay at or below my goal weight, I no longer have to pay for the program and can continue to utilize the program for free. That was really exciting for me not only because I finally reached my goal after 15 months, but also, as I’ve said in a previous post, I recognize I’ll always need the accountability that a program like Weight Watchers or something else brings to the table, and I yet, I really don’t want to have to pay for it anymore.
So here I was, miserably running through the park, doing my best to see the beauty around me while recognizing that I was an exhausted, sweaty, gross mess, when I was suddenly struck with the thought: the work never stops.
Yes, I reached my goal, and I’m really proud of the work I’ve done and the way I’ve persisted even in hard times. And even at that goal, I will constantly have to show up for myself. I will have to continue to do the work. Even at goal, the work doesn’t stop.
Sometimes I wish the work would stop...we all do, right? That’s not life though.
My dear friends, can we see the work that needs to be done and show up for it. Can we recognize that the work doesn’t stop? Can we breathe into that work when we inevitably get discouraged about the constant and never-ending nature of it. Can we show up for what needs to be done.
I hope you have an amazing week my dear friends.
Krista is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She has an online studio with all sorts of different class types!