. . . and following your heart
Deliberate: to think about or discuss issues and decisions carefully
It often seems that runners fall into two camps: the ones that analyze everything from what they eat, to how much to run, to which races they should run. And then there are the runners who just jump in feet first, so to speak
I’ll bet you can guess which camp I fall into most often if you’ve been reading this blog for a while!
Pondering, which means to weigh mentally, to deliberate, to meditate, can achieve the opening of the spiritual eye’s of one’s understanding.— Joseph B.Wirthlin
Being deliberate is important
Even *I* have been known to just jump right in. I’ll bet even the most deliberate runner does, from time to time. Because sometimes it’s more important to follow your heart than to spend your precious time being deliberate.
I’m sure we’ve all had times when we feel called to do something, but even then, it’s important to take at least some time to deliberate on why you feel so called. Is it an internal calling — something you just know in your heart you are meant to or want to do? Or is in an external calling — something you are doing because your friends are doing it or someone is telling you you really ought to try it?
Usually external callings are not as satisfying as internal callings.
Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance.— William Gaddis
Sometimes you just have to follow your heart
Making deliberate decisions can be important. But listening to your heart is important, too.
Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.— Andrew Jackson
I have run a few races on what appeared to be a whim — a trail half marathon because they said there’d be chocolate (there was — read about it here); a shorter trail race, the day after a long run, because it was a beautiful day for it (read about it here); the one and only RW Heartbreak Hill Half (because I got to run partially on the Boston Marathon course).
I don’t think you can ever go wrong if you truly listen to your heart. Just make sure it is your heart you’re listening to, no someone else’s.
It’s important to pick races for deliberate reasons. It will help motivate you to train. It’s equally as important to choose your races with your heart, because that, too, will motivate you to train. Deliberate and heart are like yin and yang — you need both to find balance in your life. — Chocolaterunsjudy
I am linking up with Debruns and her Wednesday Word
Tell me in the comments:
Do you tend to deliberate on which races to run?
Where has your heart led you to?