Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Not a Marathon or a Sprint
I have been in a depressed state, just wanting to retreat into fluffy books or sleep. Checking the news and facebook far too often. Making calls to which I fear no one is paying attention. Writing, learning, feeling guilty about not doing more. Finding some relief in work or going out.
I am trying hard, because that's what I do, to find the commonalities on both sides. To look for that thing, those things, we can agree with, all of us. Something to build on. Pondering what we can do to reduce the hatred, the distractions. Feeling like I'm spinning my wheels.
Then yesterday, something I heard on NPR resonated with me. Unfortunately, I wasn't paying close attention so I can't credit the speaker. I think it was on 1A.
"This is not a marathon or a sprint but a relay." I can take comfort in that. Sometimes, when things seem too much, I can pass on the baton and rest a bit. It's a Sabbath concept, too. It's ok, good even, to take a Sabbath. To let the next runner carry on for just a little while.