This has always been a very busy time of year for me, when so many wonderful events are about to take place: the Building Bridges Breakfast, Big Saturday, a film-screening (Trans). My mind is abuzz with communications, details, planning. On top of this, I have Spring Fever, which means I have to be outside a goodly portion of the week, or I have that sinking feeling that I’m missing out.
Do you ever get that missing-out feeling? That’s when you should yell, “stop!” And figure out when you can make time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and golden-green hues of spring. (“Nature’s first green is gold, her hardest hue to hold . . .”)
When I was in college, I played Ultimate Frisbee two or three times a week, about half of the year. It was such a great counter-balance to all the studying inside: running around a soft green field, surrounded by cool people having athletic fun. I played Ultimate as a young adult, in Eugene, then later in Michigan and Florida before I moved here almost six years ago. Then I stopped. I was too busy.
I’ve decided to take it up again, knees be damned. Okay, so I have to wear a brace now. Okay, so I get winded more easily now, and I’m not as fast. But I’m only getting started. I will get faster, less winded.
Here’s a no-brainer: being outside and getting exercise is good for my overall productivity. My brain works better, more efficiently, so there is time to exercise. Honoring the needs of my body is good for my spiritual fitness, too.
I am thankful for my senses, time, and my body, as I receive the gift of Spring Fever. How are you receiving it?
Rev. Hannah Petrie