Five Minute Friday Link-Up :: Pace

couple, walking, nature

Today I’m joining a talented group of writers at Five Minute Friday. This community connects each Friday in an online, unedited free-write based on a one-word prompt. My timer is set for 5 minutes. Let’s see where this week’s prompt—PACE—leads me.

pace, patience,

The word “pace” has many meanings:

  • The timing of music and the necessity for all to keep the same pace;
  • The pace car that keeps everyone at the same speed until the gun goes off to start the race;
  • The beat of your heart has a pace;
  • The runner has a pace to win, breathe, relax;
  • A mother has a certain pace depending on where she is in her day;
  • So many other meanings that I don’t have time to list.

I’ve always walked at a fairly fast pace. In the last few months, I’ve earned that isn’t my normal pace any longer. The work I’m doing with my physical therapist is my road to getting back to my normal pace. However, for now, my pace is something new and irritating. It’s slower than I’m accustomed to.

Granted it’s getting faster by the day, but for me, it’s not fast enough. When that happens and I sit and brood, the pace of the rest of me slows down. I get depressed and frustrated. I have only one pace left at that time.

I invite God to come and sit beside me, and I ask him to teach me patience and acceptance. He chuckles. God reminds me, “Sherrey, I’ve been trying to teach you patience all your life.” And He’s right—He has.

So, I smile and tell myself to pace myself. Take what comes a day at a time, one step at a time, and one day I’ll find myself walking like I always did.

 

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Manfred Antranias Zimmer from Pixabay

10 Replies to “Five Minute Friday Link-Up :: Pace”

  1. I tell God that patience is the fruit of the Spirit at the top of the tree of life and I’m too short to reach it. He’s not buying that excuse. 😉 Still learning patience with you. Thanks for sharing. Your FMF neighbor.

    1. Well, if you’re too short to reach it, then I’ll bet I am too. Glad to know I have your company on the road to patience. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I think I would find that frustrating too. Patience is definitely not easy! But I agree, one step at a time is the best way to take it, and you’ll gradually get there!

    1. Lesley, thanks for your kind and gracious words. And your encouragement!

  3. Your “study” on pace reminds me of the childhood chant of The Little Engine that Could, chugging along, “I think I can, I think I can . . . !

    1. Yes, THIS! It shall become my mantra. The good news is my PT tells me every Wednesday how much I’m improving. Yet the things I want to do, like drive, rid myself of the walker, go in and out of the house without assistance, etc., she won’t give her OK yet. I’m seeing my surgeon on Thursday. Maybe I can give him a nudge! Thanks for your love, Marian!

  4. It’s difficult to be patient, especially when it comes to healing our bodies. Take it day by day and trust God to restore your health. Enjoy the weekend!

    1. Oh, yes, Jill, it’s difficult indeed! Doing my best to do what you’ve shared–day by day and trusting God. Thanks for the reminder. Enjoy your weekend as well!

  5. Patience was always a pace I’d been relatively good at since the surprise birth of our twins thirty-eight years ago. Now, however, not so much…God reminds me often that I need to slow the pace, and be patient. It’s not as easy as it once was.

    1. Elizabeth, I know from your reference to the age of your twins that I’m a bit older than you. Do you suppose aging is one of those things that impacts our patience and pace levels? I know I need to slow the pace, and I practice patience. Somehow it seems like hard work these days!

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