I read a great little blog post on Handmadeology this morning reminding me to find the work pace that I can sustain for the long haul. This is great advice, and definitely something that I needed to be reminded of. With the craft fair schedule that I’ve got for the next few weeks, I was beginning to feel burn-out coming on.
Thinking about finding my pace made me think of running. A couple of years back I decided to train to run a half-marathon. (My entire running career is a God story in and of itself, but that’s for another day). Besides proper training, one the most important things I had to learn was how to pace myself. There was no way I would be able to run 13.1 miles if I took off too fast in the beginning. Finding my pace meant finding that rhythm of momentum that I could sustain over the entire course, uphill and down, from the starting gunshot to the crossing of that glorious finish line.
I’m realizing that my crafting needs to be handled in much the same way. I’ve been drifting from day to day, attending to what pops up as most interesting or urgent at any particular moment. Sure, I have a big idea, a goal I’m striving for, but I’ve either been going for it full steam ahead, or coming to a screeching halt with an impeding deadline and no desire to get rolling again. This is where pace comes in. I need to find that level of activity and productivity that I can function at and still love what I’m doing.
If you know anything about the running world, you know that Ryan Hall ran the Boston Marathon the other day. He ran a great race. He didn’t win, he didn’t break any world records, but he ran a beautiful, steady, enduring pace, and he finished that race ready to go out and train for another one. That’s how I want to run this business, and that’s how I want to run this race called life. I don’t need to win this ‘race,’ but I want to run it in such a way that I will able to keep it up for as long as the Lord will have me at it.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-3
By the way, I did run a 1/2 marathon successfully, three of them, in fact. And let me tell you, it didn’t matter that my name was so far down the list of finishers that you’d have to do a computer search to find it, when I crossed that finish line I did so with a heart bursting with joy and praise for my Lord Who helped me through. THAT’s how I want to run this life!