Christianity: My Journey & Thoughts, Exercise Challenges, Ponderings

Author: “Living on the Edge” Growth & Self-Reflection 🚴‍♀️ ✝️(iFit)

My iFit trainer for this month’s Argentina bicycling challenge (Nicole Meline) has been introducing the idea of finding your edge. This is finding the area in your life where you are “sustainably uncomfortable” and where personal growth begins to happen. Let those words sink in for a moment. They’re quite the odd pair to juxtapose, aren’t they?

Those two words made me pause and self reflect during my workout. In my first ride in the Argentina series, Nicole had us identify an area where we were holding back on something in our lives and challenged us to change that. I picked something relatively easy, but something I had been holding back on:  trying a recipe for vegan pancakes. It sounds silly, but I prefer cooking to baking. I don’t like measuring ingredients (or anything really) and like to just eyeball things. I’m pretty good at it. I committed to making the pancakes after my workout. They turned out fantastic and were delicious.

One small step for this gal, one giant step for self reflection.

Sometimes we tend to overthink things and build fears or anxieties up in our minds. I know I do, but I tend to stubbornly persist anyway. I’m determining to live life on the edge and become (or continue) being “sustainably uncomfortable.” I’ve written down some personal goals of mine to help steer this and shared them with the saint.

If you deal with anxiety or have difficulty navigating this thing called modern society, where everyone has an opinion on how to live “the right way”, I highly recommend exercise. For me, it resets my brain, mind and soul. I’m trying to combine it with my journaling and reading my daily Bible.

Being open to change and growth, learning and reprogramming your brain from lies or other nonsense society fed you during your formative years, is part of growing up I’ve come to believe. People who have all the answers and are very smug and satisfied in themselves, proclaim quick judgment over others, and are afraid of growing, being uncomfortable or considering new ideas, are some of the scariest people to be found.

To end, this all made me think of the comical story in the Bible where a potter (God) is forming and reworking a clay vessel (us) and the clay gets fed up with the potter. God knows what’s He’s doing, so let Him do it, seems to be Isaiah’s message here. Live your life growing and changing, not stagnating. Cheers. 🌿

“What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Does the pot exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be?’

-NLV, Isaiah 45:9


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