Monday, August 27, 2007

What if ... we learned to take things in stride?

This topic has been posted about by myself and others from different angles but it is always good to be reminded of things several times and to look at it from different perspectives. So I ask:

What if ... we learned to take things in stride?

So often I want to rush things or get to the end result of something and in my rushed state or possible frenzy, I lose the enjoyment of what I am doing. Often I think we are fooled into believing we are going to miss out on something if we don't hurry and get to our destination. The reality is though that we miss out on the blessings that are in the process of things. The end result is usually just that, the end. Then we move on to something else and begin the cycle again rushing to reach the next destination or goal of ours.

We may think to take things in stride is to go slow but I looked up the word stride and the dictionary says to stride is to walk or run with long regular steps. After pondering this I realize that to take things in stride is not necessarily to take our time or take things as they come, but to take regular and consistent steps towards our destination whether it be a walking or running pace that is most suitable to our own character.

Who do you tend to be more like in the Aesop Fable "The Tortoise and the Hare"?
These fables really can teach us some valuable lessons now can't they?


Anne said...

With your definition of "stride" I can sense that even more as a peaceful, purposeful walk, and one devoid of the anxiety and stress that too many times we feel. It also reminds me of our call to be "slow to anger". I realize too often I am easily irritated when presented with sudden change. I'm going to have to pray that God helps me take things more in stride. I have to stay in stride with Christ if my mind is to be renewed and transformed by him, and my spirit filled with an inner peace that takes things as they come. Good thoughts, Lori!

Kimberly said...

So, basically... be pro-active!

Instead of being reactive.

This something I've been working for about a year now. I'm getting better at it. Still need lots of work.

Thanks Lori.


Randee said...

I like the idea of this, Lori.


That's what I get from it.

Lori Arriaga said...

Anne, I like how you described it as a peaceful, purposeful walk!

Lori Arriaga said...

Anne, I like how you described it as a peaceful, purposeful walk!

Karen said...

I woke up this morning feeling blah, I have a cold, I've been running around like the crazy, busy, rushing woman I am, then I came across your post. It must be a God thing that I did, for it was soooo true! Thank you for sharing this. I am going to give you some 'props' on my blog!