This past week as I’ve been running around the track at my gym, a 20-something young woman has been really busting it, including doing some sprints. As I watched her, I thought, “Boy, that looks really hard.”
Today after my weight-lifting routine, I decided to add in a quick mile run. I found myself doing sprints around one of the straight-aways on the track. I noticed that it was not hard like I thought it would be. I leaned into it, really leaned, almost like I was falling into it. I found myself letting go. I felt light as air. This continued the dozen times I sprinted part of each lap around the track. Sweet! as my nephew Jeremy would say.
As I enjoyed the release and freedom of the running, I wondered if there was something that I might apply to my work. Is there a way to make things light and easy that I perceive will be hard? Is there something to leaning into the challenges? What’s possible when I let go?