Chronicles of the long distance runner; pt 5

Transformation and being transformative

Transformation: The act, process, or instance of moving from one state to another.

Being transformative: Is defined as a lesson or experience, that inspires personal changes or causes a shift in an individuals or group viewpoint.

Ex. When you meet and talk to a homeless person and you change your conservative views on poverty and politics, the encounter with the homeless person is an example of a transformative encounter 

One of the greatest symbols of transformation is that of the mythical phoenix. The Phoenix is a unique bird that lived for five or six centuries in the Arabian desert, after a period of time it burns itself on a funeral pyre before rising from the ashes with renewed youth to live through another cycle.

Similarly person or thing is regarded as uniquely remarkable in some respect after going through a renewed stage of growth and transformation akin to the Phoenix .

Don’t talk about it be about it

Today is day 21 of my journey as a “long distance runner”. Solo training back to self relevance. I have been dealing with a calf strain  since day 16 and no matter how much stretching I have done, the muscles are still highly tensed and continues to periodically tighten up.

This is a by-product of being muscularity off balanced. Remember I have two bad knees, a bad ankle, a bad right hip which often leads to sciatica.  All  byproducts of throwing myself recklessly around the football field and in the dojo. The strain was the result of trying to over compensate from all those other issues.

How may of us have had to over compensate for other imbalances in our personal, economical and social lives?  Only to end up tipping the emotional or physics scale way over into other areas we never intended. Life is about balance not imbalance.

This recent strain, has affected my running and has caused me to fall back into power walking mode. In another time and state of mind,  this would have been a source of great consternation and acceptability, causing me to unnecessarily push beyond common sense. But not these days.

These days common sense finally got my hard-headed attention, after years of slapping me in the back of the coconut. I know now what I didn’t know before.

Everything is a learning experience for those willing to learn. Life is constant. And movement is the essence of life. If you can’t run, jog. If you can’t jog walk. if you can’t walk, crawl. And if you can’t crawl…project!

The body may decay. The mind may terminate. But the essence of the hue-man is in the spirit of doing. Being reduced from running to walking is not necessarily a set back as much as it falls into the narrative of being like water and adapting to your circumstances.

Many of us at some period of our lives, have experienced challenging moments. Moments that has filled us with doubts which knock us off our paths.  Know that doubts kill more dreams and murder more aspirations than failure ever will. In life the only “failure” is passing on without fulfilling your purpose or successfully achieving your dreams.

Otherwise one either wins or one learns.

We win because of the “bad days” of our lives. The set backs and stumbles. The challenges that knock us to our knees and off our feet.

We also learn because of and from the bad days of our lives. This knowledge ensures that the next time we get knocked off our feet, we will endeavor to roll on to our backs. Because if we can look up, we can get up!

If we never went though what we went through, we would never be who we are today.  The only difference with those who learned and those who fail, lies in what lessons we carry with us, from that experience.  Some people “fail”. Some people win. But most never learn how to win.

This is why we must always ask and review these three questions…

  1. Who are you and what is your value?
  2. What is your purpose in life?
  3. What is your destiny when you are done here?

If you don’t know the answer to any of these then you are disabled. You have dropped the opportunity to transform. Being truly disabled and disconnected from who you should be.

At day 21 of 21 day straight of pushing,  I became aware of a rule, long since forgotten about modern training.  That is you will have good days, and you will have bad days. Good days are when your energize and motivation is up. Way up! Bad days are days when the mood matches the body that has become sore and tired.

This is why they say take a day off. Or get a workout programs that has built into itself,  a functional system of phases that reduces the intensity and work load. And thus reduce the wear  and tear on the body.

We go through similar physical and emotional wear and tear after years on the job.  After years or even month in a relationship. Know for sure the one constant in a bad relationship and a good one, you have been in…IS YOU!

Changing the current you into a better you will make your success more clear. Thus is the myth of the Phoenix.  This is what transformation means. Transform your spirit by transforming your mind and you end up transforming your physical surroundings, body, friends and life.

This is alchemy.  This is being about that life instead of just talking about it. My journey continues and so does my transformation.  One step at a time.