The first time I heard the term “morning constitutional” was in some old-timey movie. I was instantly fond of it.
Throughout the long road of recovery these past couple of years, I have started my mornings by taking a walk. Even in the hospital, I was up and about, towing the IV tower along. On the most difficult days, the most I could manage was a slow, overcautious shuffle.
Staying within the range of comfort, fighting the temptation to push beyond the zone of comfort, I made it my daily practice. Even in the most tired and uninspired phase, I kept the commitment.
As I felt better, I found myself waking up earlier and exploring further. I’m up before the sun, getting acquainted with the denizens of daybreak . . . and their dogs.
As I traveled further down the road to recovery, I picked up the pace of my wake-up wanders without any urgency or determination. It was only when willpower overruled ease that I would overdo it — yet another opportunity to learn to listen to myself or suffer the consequences.
Progress happens at its own pace. Patience comes to those who wait.
This morning started with a steady stroll and, before I knew it, I was moving along with a steady stride.
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