When we tell stories, we usually leave out the boring, repetitive stuff. Yesterday I mentioned my story about running or lack of running. After finishing Grandma’s Marathon last June, I have not been able to run without pain. I’ve mentioned this before, but have tried not to dwell on it, since my whining will not help me nor edify you.
In mid February that I mentioned a new physical therapy called Muscle Activation Therapy (MAT). MAT involved reactivating little used muscles to help stabilize my left hip. Every morning I go down into the basement to do my series of MAT exercises, which are boring, tedious, aggravating, and humbling. Each time I remember Shannon’s promise that they will work overtime. That is the hard part – over time. If my story were a movie, these exercises would be the parts you would fast-forward through.
But also, if this were a movie, I would yearn for the dramatic crisis point. I would say something about giving up, packing it in, throwing my running shoes into the garbage can and slamming the lid. Then I would talk to Shannon and she would tell me to give it one more try . . . and, after some stiff coaching, I would meekly pull my shoes out of the garbage, tie them on and (drum roll ) begin to run with joy!
My life is not a movie. I still have my shoes, I still have hope, and I will continue my exercises. I have noticed that my left IT band is much better and I can walk without pain. In time, I am hopeful that I will run again. But right now, I am simply in the boring part of the story.
One caveat. In my February 11 blog I compared MAT to PAT (Prayer Activated Therapy). Part of my Lenten therapy is to learn the contemporary wording of the Lord’s Prayer. Though I still stumble a bit, the stumbling has pushed me to deeper pondering on Jesus’ prayer. “Lead us not into temptation” versus “Save us from the time of trial.” Yes, Jesus, save me from my whining, complaining self. Teach me to be patient in all things and to seek your kingdom. Amen.
Is your story speeding up, slowing down, stopped or on track?