A sundog visibile in the icy clouds on a crisp January morning in Arkansas.

Day #49


Sometimes I get frustrated with myself. Today I had several opportunities to walk. I did not take them because it was below freezing pretty much all day and I didn’t want to freeze my tail.

There I said it … I’m a cold weather pansy.

Rationally I know I will warm up as my blood starts pumping. I know I will feel better if I set myself in motion. I know I would not regret doing it because I never do.
But it’s just so hard to push through the initial shock of cold. The pain in my ears. The stiffening of my back as I shiver.

And today, my cowardliness won. The fear of the uncomfortableness kept me frozen to my chair. I could not see past my immediate pain to see the possibility of future reward.
And as my Love and I sat in a warm coffee shop drinking hot tea, we discussed future decisions. How to move toward certain goals.

And I realized life is so much like taking a walk; it’s hard to get the momentum started. It’s difficult to push past the pain of complacency. I often get stuck in my idea of things, finding it difficult to make the decision and just DO something for fear of doing the wrong thing.

We talk ourselves in circles, my Love and I, but today we decided on some doing. And it felt good.

Tomorrow, I will decide to walk. Cold, or no cold.

A sundog visibile in the icy clouds on a crisp January morning in Arkansas.


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Rachel Olienyk

I'm mother, wife, and worker but most important human. I have accepted a challenge to "take a walk" everyday for one year. My goal is in giving space to mindfulness I will create intentional living. I've decided to share my journey through blogging. Be it peace, be it inspiration, be it annoyance, I hope you feel as you read and in feeling may growth transpire. Namaste my gentle readers...

One thought on “Day #49”

  1. A”pansy” is the only thing I have seen that can withstand the cold and it fact flourish because of it My Dear !!!

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