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Topic: TRIP (10/18/18)
- TITLE: The Pacing Road Map
By Laurie Glass
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On my following attempt, I take off with a planned route. That feels good, so I head right for the fast lane and away I go. It isn’t long before the red warning light comes on, signaling that I should stop immediately, but I ignore it. I just want to get there as fast as I did in the past. Unfortunately, it isn’t long before I begin to swerve and then crash, so I don’t make it to my destination. Again, what a waste. Another lesson learned. Avoid the fast lane.
On my next try, I get in the slow lane and continue straight through. I reason that I’ll be fine since I’m going slower. But the orange warning light comes on, which means I should take a break at a rest stop. I look the other way, thinking that I can certainly manage at this slower pace. While I ultimately reach my destination, I crash once I arrive. Another lesson learned. Stop at rest stops when needed.
On yet another attempt, I plan ahead, take the slow lane, and utilize rest stops. I also decide that I can benefit from some divine wisdom, so I ask for God’s help to guide me. I go along and reason that I’m doing well so far. Even so, the yellow warning light comes on, prompting me to slow down. While I’m tempted to disregard it, I feel a nudge to pay attention to this warning. I decide to use an additional rest stop. After I get going again, I come to a fork in the road, and I’m not sure what to do. It’s unclear what either option will mean. I don’t want another crash. I’m grateful that I don’t have to figure it out on my own, but that I have the Lord guiding me. I turn in the direction I believe he is leading me to choose. From there, I carefully proceed. I reach my destination, have a good rest, and celebrate that I’ve had help to successfully follow the pacing road map.
After all I’ve learned, and with inviting the Lord to go with me, I’m much better prepared. Not only that, I can remain calm and confident on my next excursion. I’m certain he won’t steer me wrong nor leave me by the wayside. In pacing, and in other challenging areas I need to navigate, I can feel him with me. I find this so reassuring. Moving forward, I remind myself of the following:
Author’s note: This describes the journey to figure out how to pace when one has physical limitations.
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