Recently, I’ve been feeling like I’ve been losing traction. Not just from a running perspective, but from a life perspective in general. Last Saturday, we had an almost all day snow that, although only amounted to a trace amount on the ground, created havoc on the roads. While out running errands of my own, I came across two bad accidents, with one closing the road completely.
I had headed out earlier for a run to find this in our driveway –
Gotta love friends who run by our house and leave their mark!
Running was tough that morning. I felt like I couldn’t get my footing. I’m anxious to get back into my normal stride again, my normal speed, and my normal natural running “feel”, but found it frustrating because no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get any traction. It would probably have been easier with a foot of snow instead of an inch.
Work is another area of my life that has recently found me losing traction. Our team has been down a person since October, there are a ton of projects competing for attention…thus explaining the feeling that every step forward means two back.
And of course, there’s Christmas. Christmas has a way of taking something that should be special (whether one is religious or not) and turning it into a crazy, chaotic spending spree. I don’t consider myself a Scrooge - I love certain things (i.e. music, family, baking) about Christmas, but in general, I’ve had a hard time gaining traction in that area for a number of years now.
Wednesday felt like the icing on the chaotic cake I’ve been stuffing my face with. I had a company meeting in the city next to my office. It should’ve taken approximately 10 minutes to get there. It took a little over 45 minutes, with 3 lanes of traffic trying to merge off of the busy highway onto an exit ramp that was snarled by an accident. Super. Later, I left the meeting only to rejoin more chaos and additional accidents. On a good note, I was not part of any of the accidents I crawled by. Glass half full folks.
So what is one to do?
How do we go from this –
To this –
During that ride home, I started to relax as I realized I do have control over many of the slippery slopes in my life. Traction is gained in different ways. Sometimes, it’s about getting better shoes or better tires. For me, most times it's about slowing down to speed up.
This week, I chose “slowing down to speed up” by doing this –
Which included some much needed “fixing” of the hair –
|Fun to go "straight" for a day! Don't worry, the curls are already back in force!|
Chased with some of this –
While watching/listening to this –
I think it's working!! Aaahh....
How do you gain/regain your traction?