Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Just Finish The Song

As I have been trying to be diligent to complete my goal of 300 workouts this year, there have been days where I just plain do not feel like working out. On those days I try to at least hit the treadmill for 20 minutes to put forth a minimal effort. And, let's be honest, I want to be able to put that check mark on my chart. But it seems that once I am on that machine, 20 minutes really goes by quickly and I get to the end and think to myself, just finish the song you're on. This usually adds just a few minutes of exercise, but I figure every little bit helps.

The more this has happened, the more I've been thinking of that phrase in my mind, "Just finish the song." And as I ponder, I feel that there are a lot of applications to this in my life to be fully present in the moment instead of just partially there, distracted with something that will need my attention in another hour, day, month or year. Just finishing a commitment that I started. Just finishing folding the end of that load of laundry before moving on to something else. Just finishing the day strong with my kids instead of pulling back when my husband returns from work. Just finishing the task or project now that isn't urgent now, but may be by tomorrow.

And it makes me wonder what other songs are playing in my life and how can I "finish the song" and finish strong?


Kimberly said...

So very true, Rachel. Great thing to apply that to everything we do.

I do that on the treadmill too, hehe. Finish the Podcast, song, close to the next quarter mile....it does help. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Rebecca said...

I love this post! I may make reference to it in the future on my blog. Lately that has been my mode - I find myself constantly saying to myself "finish what you started". I swear, if I step back and look at my day, I flit around from thing to thing with so many unfinished projects. Little piles with dents in them but not finished.

This is very encouraging - and a great reminder.

Hope you are doing well - I've been praying for you and your sweet family. :)

Karen said...

Rachel - I love this analogy - thanks so much for this visual!!! You've planted seeds in my mind and heart - thank you my dear!