Accountability is a wonderful thing.
Thanks to a dear friend who lives a street or two from where I live, I’ve been getting up at 6.40am daily for morning walks. The hardest part is getting past that initial tug of war (stay toasty under the sheets vs. brave the cold and get out of bed). But once I’m up, I switch to auto-pilot and slip into my gear and shoes.
My biggest motivation is that I’ve given my word to someone who is waiting for me up the road. And oh, to break my word! (Although we’ve agreed on a few occasions to take a raincheck – for very valid, weather-related reasons). Of course, twice a week, an even greater motivation is that we cap our long walks with an even longer cuppa at the neighbourhood café. There we talk about life, opening our hearts in our little circle of confidence formed by an initial desire to get fit. Thankfully, the benefits of our walking habit have affected not only our waistlines but have resulted to a healthier sense of spirit and self. Although we are both very different in terms of background, we share a Pollyana spirit — that ability to see the good in bleak situations, finding shards of light in a dark room. And, yes, being thankful for the smallest things!
It is refreshing to share uplifting insights with a friend first thing in the morning. Conversations seasoned with salt, grace and thanksgiving can — like coffee — perk you up for the rest of the day. (So, thank you D!)